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? We must risk exploring the problems we don’t […]

Riding the Edge

This year is a big year for my husband, Jose, and I.  After parenting five kids for 26 years, our youngest—twins—have left for college and we have an empty nest. There are no more kids at home to run and fix dinner for, no more watching games on freezing Denver nights, no more school programs […]

They Call Me Pastor

The week I got a church, some of my friends at seminary stopped using my name. They started calling me pastor, at least in greeting. When we saw each other in passing in the hallway they would call to me: “Hey, Pastor!” “How’s it going, Pastor!” “Praying for you, Pastor!” Pastor. Then, when I went […]

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 […]

What I Learned from a Small Plant with a Big Personality

I am not a plant person. At least, that is what I thought. I have always wanted to be a plant person. I like the idea of gardens and have more than once ripped out the weeds in front of my house and sprinkled wildflower seed packets or sunflower seeds with visions of a beautiful […]