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When Forces Collide

There are seasons when troubles seem to multiply like rabbits. I’ve lived through a few such seasons in my life and they are always tumultuous. It feels like all the gathering winds are blowing in opposite directions and the resulting chaos becomes the new normal. A decade ago, our family walked through the valley as my elder daughter’s husband passed from this life to the … [Read More]

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Moving the Mountains of Mental Health

By Sarah Jeanne Browne | Twitter: @sarahjbrowne I have moved mountains in mental health, overcoming the worst of bipolar disorder 1 with psychotic features, most … [Read More]

How to Heal this White Woman

Two days before leaving for Evolving Faith, I burned myself. I was making dinner and poured the pasta water out over the sink, but I wasn't careful. I didn't use my … [Read More]

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Remember Your Exodus

“…you shall love the alien as yourself; remember that you were aliens in the land of Egypt.” Lev. 19:34 Remember when we were slaves in Egypt, our men working in … [Read More]

I’m Still That 19-Year-Old

Recently, I had two hours to myself in New York City. This is special for many reasons, but especially because I hadn’t wandered a city by myself in over a decade. I … [Read More]

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The Red Couch: The Woman Warrior Introduction

In March of 1999, over 20 years after her publication of The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts in 1976, I had the honor of attending a campus lecture by Maxine Hong Kingston at the state college I attended as an undergraduate. The morning of … [Read More]

Letting Ourselves Be Loved

I nearly didn’t go to the women’s retreat. But when your husband urges you to leave behind the dishes, the looming deadlines, and the “to do” lists to escape to the mountains for the weekend, you listen. I signed up two days before the trip, wondering what I … [Read More]

When Bravery Looks Like Homemade Bread Cake

By: Kailey Veenstra In building relationships with people who are different from us, we must decide: are we willing to risk saying the wrong things, risk hearing how we are a part of the problem? Are we willing to love and push through hurts that may come? … [Read More]

Keep Finding Ways to Gather

I’ve always been a gatherer. In middle and high school, I was the one who threw the parties and coordinated going to lunch together. In college, I got a little more intentional, nurturing life in my sorority in new ways and creating small pockets to stay … [Read More]

She Rises: An Eighth Grade Gathering

By Carrie Kuba | Instagram: @carriekubawrites The bleachers were cold. As I sat in my green and white cheerleading uniform, constantly realigning the pleats of my skirt, I watched the boys’ 8th grade basketball team enter the gym in single file. They sat in … [Read More]

Hosting for the Anxious Introvert

As I walked to work today, I passed a store specializing in all things kitchen related. Through the giant picture window I saw a gorgeous table set for Thanksgiving dinner. A wooden table provided the rustic backdrop for individual stacks of matte charcoal … [Read More]

Even If My Chicken is Dry

One of the biggest miracles of my life happened while playing a game at my friend Pablo’s birthday. It was well after midnight when the game started. About twenty of us sat in a circle of chairs in the main room of his house. We’d eaten pizza and empanadas, … [Read More]

At the Warrior Table

By Aj Smit When I first saw Wonder Woman last year, I thought, all I wanted to be was an Amazonian Warrior. I wanted to be a woman who can stand her ground, do cartwheels while shooting a bow and arrow off a horse, all the while looking fabulous in her … [Read More]

Sisters in Mental Illness: Healing From Anorexia

"We're all looking for something to make ourselves accomplished and capable in this often ridiculously scary world. Even though some people can't relate to using food to make themselves feel better, I can tell you it's the exact same thing as any other … [Read More]

The Garden Warrior

By Sheli Massie | Twitter: @sheligeoghanmas When I was little, “underoos” were a thing. Underwear that suddenly turned you into a superhero. One Christmas my grandma thought it was a cute idea to buy all of the grandkids a pair. We stood in front of the … [Read More]