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 […]

SheLeads: Under Fire

Just like fire, burning out the way. If I can light the world up for just one day, Watch this madness, colorful charade, No one can be just like me any way. —“Just like Fire” (2016), Written by: Alecia Moore, Max Martin, Karl Johan Schuster, Oscar Holter We’ve all been under fire. Sometimes it can […]

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. […]

What is the State of Your Soul?

So much has burned down in our world, hasn’t it? The landscape has changed. Friendships have changed. Trust has been eroded.  I no longer stand where I stood even two years ago. Some days I shake my head, many days I get angry and other days, I just want to cry. I feel like we […]

Dear Kadija

Dear Kadija (aka, Black African in Libya), I am sorry. My heart shatters into a thousand pieces at every remembrance of you. I cannot forget you, because I look exactly like you. I am so sorry. I am sorry that it took a CNN report of the live auction of you in 2017 for the […]