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. […]

All The Colors We Will See: An Interview with Patrice Gopo

Even though I didn’t attend the Festival of Faith and Writing last April, the book I kept hearing about from friends who had gone was Patrice Gopo’s debut collection of essays, All the Colors We Will See. Within the week, I emailed her for a copy and found that the buzz was certainly earned. Focusing mainly […]

The Red Couch: The Power of Proximity Discussion

We know it as NIMBY—Not In My BackYard.  Time after time, this is what we’d been told when wanting to open a thrift store or a church in a community. Yes, we like what you do, but please do it somewhere else is what they’d like to say. Instead, they find building codes and zoning […]

The Red Couch: The Power of Proximity Introduction

I cried so hard…believing that somehow the tears brought me closer to the children I was reading about. I vowed to never forget the indignation I felt after reading Amazing Grace by Jonathan Kozol about the devastating reality of children living in the South Bronx who lacked vital resources. I wanted to translate those feelings into […]

The Red Couch: Dangerous Territory Discussion

We weren’t supposed to use the “M” word. Speaking, emailing or writing the word “missionary” could endanger us, our organization, or our friends. I worked in China five years with the same organization as Amy Peterson, the author of Dangerous Territory: My Misguided Quest to Save the World. Like Amy, I also indulged in a […]