FUNDRAISER: Standing with Skyesong in the Pursuit of her Dream

By Diane Down When I saw the story of Skyesong Alexis and her golfing dreams, something nudged me. I’m not a golfer, but I have dreams and sometimes I feel stuck in knowing how to go forward and accomplish them. Here was a woman who is really clear about the next steps on her path, […]

Fighting Fire With Love

Each week during the winter months of the year just past, our Confirmation students would arrive, shivering in the central California coolness, for our very early 8:45 a.m. Sunday classes. My husband would gather wood from a nearby pile and light a fire in the lovely fireplace in our gathering space. One by one, the girls […]

Choosing to Be Present in the Fire of Lyme Disease

Trigger Warning: Mention of unhealthy coping mechanisms related to food.  By Brianna Deutsch I used to love going on walks. They grounded me and helped me connect with God. Hearing the wind rush through the paper thin leaves and having my feet on solid footing, brought peace. But, I had to stop walking. I could […]

Fire in Her Belly

I grew up in the church. The story of Esther was one I’ve heard many times. It’s one of those Bible stories that always compelled me to perk up my ears and pay attention because, coupled with Mary and Martha serving Jesus, it was one of the few stories told about women from the pulpit. […]

We Don’t Need Fires Lit Beneath Us

The sirens sounded behind me as I rounded the corner in my beat-up Camry. It was late 1999; I was 21. It never feels good to get pulled over by the police, but when the cop told me I had an expired registration, I wanted to sink into the floor. The notice to renew was […]