Parable of a Peacemaker

Jealousy came knocking today. I wasn’t planning to have her over for tea, but such is the case with our relationship. She just shows up and I have to decide: do I let her in and we have a proper conversation or do I ignore her and try to pretend that everything is ok. Knock, […]

The Snarky Girl Section of the Peacemakers

I never intended to become a peacemaker. The first time someone called me a peacemaker, I cringed inside. I was 13 and noticed the girls in my youth group were getting really clique-y. For weeks, I watched the clique gain momentum. They planned overnight trips and stole away to the fellowship hall to take Seventeen quizzes. Everyone who […]

The Red Couch: Too Heavy A Yoke Discussion

To learn more about Too Heavy A Yoke, please read the introductory post. Be sure to peruse The Nightstand in that post, which has resources for those wanting to learn more about the topic and themes of this month’s selection. When I found out we were reading Too Heavy a Yoke: Black Women and the Burden of […]

Terrible, Beautiful, Fearless

Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid. —Frederick Buchner I heard a sermon at Sanctuary Church by Jonathan Martin where he mentioned this quote. How did he know that fear and I are bedfellows? If you were to ask me, “Osheta do you struggle with fear?” I would laugh […]

The Shalom of Sisters in #Formation

“When I first saw tap-dancing, I immediately got it: The righteousness of being able to make so much noise with your feet.” Shalom Harlow, Canadian model and actress Yesterday, my husband posted a video on my Facebook wall along with a simple, “You’re welcome.” Let me explain. Our marriage is comprised of two different narratives: The […]