March 10, 2019

I’m idealistic. That’s just how I roll. I’m a frequent source of annoyance to my friends and family with all of these causes I’ve attached myself to. On the days when I’m least inconvenienced by my own ideals, I figure their annoyance is nothing compared to the suffering of others. But on the days I’m backed into a corner and can’t realistically act on my own ideals, I understand what’s so obnoxious about me. We don’t all have the luxury… Read more

March 5, 2019

We’ve been lamenting the state of social media discussions for years. We talk about civility and chastise people for jumping to react before all the facts are in, and then we turn around and jump to react before all the facts are in on the next news item that comes up just because that one happens to support our existing views. We attack people who post opinions we don’t like, and we bristle when someone dares challenge our own opinions…. Read more

March 2, 2019

It’s Friday and you just overheard a co-worker say they can’t eat a hamburger because of Lent, and now you’re curious because who turns down a hamburger? In your world, there are only two Christian holidays: Christmas and Easter. You’re vaguely aware of other Christian traditions observing more holidays because they show up on your wall calendar sometimes, but you’ve never heard of this Lent thing before. As an ex-fundamentalist, I’d never heard of it until my 30s. To understand… Read more

February 24, 2019

Jesus tells us to turn the other cheek. How do we do that in the face of sexual abuse within our churches?   Today’s Gospel reading is Luke 6:27-38: Jesus said to his disciples: “To you who hear I say, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. To the person who strikes you on one cheek, offer the other one as well, and from the person… Read more

February 19, 2019

When we discuss sexual abuse within the church, we usually assume we’re talking about young boys who were sexually abused by priests. There are several other types of victims that don’t get as much attention but have also suffered within our churches. Last year, when #churchtoo started trending on Twitter, I wondered if I was the “right” kind of victim. I’d certainly been victimized within my church, but not in the way people would immediately assume. I was never sexually… Read more

February 8, 2019

I’ve seen a lot of conversations about gratitude lately. I’m all in favor of gratitude. A lot of people are posting on social media about learning to be grateful for their possessions, and I think that’s great. When we have plenty, we should be grateful. When I say I don’t tend to focus my gratitude on my possessions, some people misunderstand and think I’m being whiny or jealous of people who have more. But that’s ignoring how our experiences shape… Read more

February 6, 2019

“If you look for the helpers, you’ll know that there’s hope.” –Fred Rogers We shouldn’t hide from the horrors of the world, but when news coverage focuses on nothing but those horrors, we miss out on smaller news stories that feature regular people pushing back against the darkness. Every single person can make a positive impact on the world. Here are a few people who are doing that. Providing a Safe Place Homelessness is a significant problem in the U.S…. Read more

February 5, 2019

Yesterday, I asked my friends and followers on social media to help me put together a list of women who are: Writers Mothers Dealing with a disability or chronic condition (physical or mental) I’d like to put together a series that highlights these women and their work, and I kind of have a selfish reason for doing it. I’m one of those women. “You can’t be what you can’t see.” -Marian Wright Edelman Several years ago, I was blogging sporadically… Read more

February 4, 2019

So, you’re a fundamentalist, or an ex-fundamentalist, thinking about experimenting with a rosary. You really like to live on the edge there, don’t ya? At first, you’ll probably be all, “I’m not Catholic, so I’m not allowed to pray the Rosary,” but you’re wrong. Nobody officially told me that or anything. I’m basing that on the fact I prayed the Rosary before I was Catholic, and I wasn’t struck down by some divine force and nobody came to my house… Read more

January 29, 2019

  We think of pregnancy-related deaths as a problem that existed back in the “olden days,” but maternal mortality is still a major issue today. In fact, maternal mortality rates in the U.S. are rising. According to the CDC, about 700 women die from pregnancy or delivery related complications each year. Black women are especially at danger in the U.S. This week, a link to an NBC news story has been shared around my social media feeds: U.S. is the most… Read more

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