The Privilege and Pain of This White Female Body

By Shelbi Gesch As a girl who grew up evangelical, I learned to function in the world in my white, female body. I was taught that the soul was eternal and the body was just temporary, like a candy bar wrapper, something to be eventually discarded. It was the inside that counted; the flaws and […]

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. […]

SheLeads: Strengthening Your Territory of Influence

My earliest memories of my own emerging leadership leanings began in the 1970’s when, as a young elementary student attending Tuesday night girls’ club meetings, I was the pig-tailed brunette with her hand thrust into the air desperately wanting to be picked to recite her weekly bible verse first or answer the leader’s question with […]

The Territory of Women’s Bodies

By Trisha Baptie | Twitter: @trisha_baptie When I hear the word “territories,” I immediately think of the land, of earth. I think of the indigenous peoples of this land called Canada and how it was stolen from them and then divided as if a commodity and not a sacred life force. How Indian agents kept […]

A Great Variety of Black Hair Journeys

By Patrice Gopo | Instagram : @patricegopo | Twitter: @patricegopo The process takes hours, but in the beginning my daughter sits in the office chair, and I stand behind her. Next to us is a wooden tray table with a towel spread over top. We populate the tray table with the implements and tools we need. A […]