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Giving Up My Need to Be Right

"When a person tells you that you hurt them, you don't get to decide that you didn't." ~Louis C.K. I have been on an embarrassingly long road toward doing real justice work.  Embarrassingly long. The justice work that calls to me is the seemingly radical notion that all people are deserving of equal rights, treatment, pay, opportunity, respect, value, honor and love, no … [Read More]

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I Am Not Yet Done Becoming

I've always been one to relish the flipping of the calendar page at the start of each new year. I like beginnings and clean edges and wide open spaces. I like the … [Read More]

Dear Justice

Dear Justice, Old friend, it has been a while, hasn’t it? Do you remember those countless, sleepless nights when we sat on my bedroom floor, planning meetings, … [Read More]

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How Much Can A Heart Really Hold?

I remember the first time I read it. I was in college and at a friend’s house. She and some other friends and I went to get something out of her room and covering … [Read More]

Yes, There’s Still Room

What does it look like when LOVE rises? What does it look like when Love rises in you and me and in all of us together? What does it look like when Love rises in … [Read More]

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Prophetic Lament: An Introduction

I had the privilege of hearing Prof. Rah speak last August on Lament. The conference was close to the second anniversary of Michael Brown’s death. It was also soon after the shooting of Philando Castile, which occurred only a few miles from where Rah was … [Read More]

When We Lament

The days following the American election plunged me into lament. Everything around me was in grayscale; everything in me was melancholy. Yet full-scale lament was premature because the worst hadn’t happened yet. What I witnessed on election night was the … [Read More]

The Whisper of God

For most of my writing career, I’ve been a novelist. I steered clear from a personal blog for several years because I wanted to avoid exposure. Then, I moved to Chile and a blog was one of the ways I could stay in touch. I wrote honest things, but they were … [Read More]

This is the Season of New Beginnings

Stepping into Epiphany is always a mixed bag for me. January 6th means that Christmastide is finished for another year. Now we are headed for Ash Wednesday, which comes quite late in 2017. In some ways, this shift in seasons is a relief—all the red around my … [Read More]

When the Answer is “Not Now”

What about a driving school for Muslim women? My mind buzzes with the possibilities, spinning the details into a feasible plan. I just dropped our Saudi Arabian exchange student off at the international terminal and in the quiet hum of the hour-long interstate … [Read More]

Deconstructing the Narratives

In June, my husband and I purchased new phones. This may not seem particularly noteworthy to some, but you have to understand that by the time we finally got new phones, I had had my iPhone 4 for nearly four years. It had a shattered screen, it had stopped … [Read More]

Focus on the Exhale

When my husband Dyami and I were first dating, he said something about breathing that changed my life. His father’s a musician and music teacher. Driving down the freeway that day, Dyami mentioned his dad taught voice lessons occasionally too. “I hated … [Read More]

10,000 Hours

Years ago I heard an interview with actor Will Smith, who shared about honing his craft as an actor. He quoted Malcolm Gladwell's work that it takes 10,000 hours to finally begin to become comfortable with something new. 10,000 hours. That's 40 hours a … [Read More]

Not My Business

“Mommy, that not you business.” I think this was the most important thing anyone has ever said to me. It was said to me by a child who could not yet use the potty on her own. It was said to me from a five-point harness I had to buckle, because her tiny … [Read More]

We Have a Limitless Capacity to Love

Few people have shaped my life like my beloved Oma Toews, my maternal grandmother. She was a woman with extraordinary capacity and I was blessed to be a recipient of her huge and bountiful heart. Her capacity to love has instructed me all of my life. I will … [Read More]

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