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Making Room for Lament

In the months from April to August of this year, we have attended five funerals and sent a eulogy to be read at a sixth. These were services of worship and remembrance, held in honor of people we loved, people whose lives intersected with ours regularly, even when those lives were very short. It began with my mom’s death on the 19th of April after a 7-year journey through … [Read More]

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My Current Shape Is Worthy

[Trigger warning: Mention of disordered eating and controlling behavior.] By Fritha Washington I’ve always had a fractured, troublesome relationship with food. … [Read More]

We Will Rest

When I first heard in church that Christians were to observe the Sabbath, I was told it was a whole day—Sunday—on which we did not work. We went to church, had a … [Read More]

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Why I Amplify Their Stories

I feel the tension every time I open my computer and am bombarded with need on every side. My news feed is filled with pictures of families fleeing from rising … [Read More]

Words of Life

Words of life! WORDS OF LIIIIFE!! This is what my father used to shout at us when things got a little snippy around our house. This wasn’t just a one-time thing. He … [Read More]

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The Red Couch: A Woman’s Place Introduction

When I first heard the title of this month's Red Couch book club selection, A Woman’s Place by Katelyn Beaty two thoughts came to mind: The first was that this book can help facilitate an interesting and diverse discussion about calling and equality for women … [Read More]

The Pulse of Water

On days when the wind arrives heavy with smells from the North and the Gingko trees start bleeding gold you can stand at the edge of the lake and watch it quietly lap at the shore Sometimes when you close your eyes you can even feel the pulse of … [Read More]

How Ordinary Women Are Making a Difference

Last year I wrote about making a conscious effort to pay attention to the news and to bear witness to what is happening in our world. That decision to open my eyes and pay attention has lead to many heartbreaking and yet beautiful moments in my life. The … [Read More]

Who Are We Amplifying In All This?

When I first started going to my church, I was introduced to several charismatic practices. One was receiving and understanding prophetic words. These words were small messages, tucked into prayer that resonated in my soul. Sometimes it was a simple phrase, a … [Read More]

Calibrating My Sight for Liberation

He’s African American—a threat. She’s Mexican—an immigrant, maybe an illegal alien. Her hijab says she is a devout Muslim, a mother of terrorists. His accent marks him as an outsider and thus, suspicious. Our current society shapes our sight of others in ways … [Read More]

Catch the Moments Between the Bookends

On August 18, I celebrated my fortieth birthday—the bookend of a long and winding decade. Months before my birthday, I’d planned on celebrating with a huge outdoor party in which I could chat and hang out with all my friends and family. As the days crept by, … [Read More]

The Cost of Getting Proximate

Bryan Stevenson changed my life. Last year, his book, Just Mercy, crushed the last of my illusions about justice in the United States. A few months after reading it—sleep deprived with a 12-day-old newborn—I drove to hear Stevenson speak in the auditorium … [Read More]

When Breathing is Listening

A few years ago, I participated in a workshop about active listening. I assumed I was a good listener—I’m attentive, I look people in the eye, I nod along, acknowledging our shared experience. What I did not realize is that this is not, in fact, active … [Read More]

Learning to Listen Well to the Low Notes of My Marriage

Not long after my husband Dyami and I got married, he bought a subwoofer. For those of you not conversant in audiophile jargon, a subwoofer is a speaker “dedicated to the reproduction of low-pitched audio frequencies known as bass.” The subwoofer was about the … [Read More]

It’s Easier to Do Than Listen

Last week I was at a gathering hosted by one of my favorite organizations in Denver—The Interfaith Alliance of Colorado. Each time I am with these folks I am humbled by the beauty of men and women across faith traditions who gather to advocate for justice and … [Read More]

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