Free to Take Up Space

L_Bethany

On days I embrace my real authentic self, I’m a “strong personality,” as those around me (mostly) lovingly describe me. When I advocate, strategize, or call out the good and bad I see, I am 100% in the game. I often laugh and quote Michael Scott from the TV show The Office, who says this […]

Living With Disapproval

L_Kathy

I hate disapproval. I know we’re not supposed to use the word “hate” but the truth is that “dislike” just isn’t a strong enough word. Maybe “I can’t stand disapproval” is a better alternative. Regardless of finding the exact right word for it, I know this—I do all kinds of tricks to make people like […]

A New Heart, Beyond Stereotypical Womanhood

M-AMY2

We first met, one January morning, during her office hours. Dr. Catherine Kroeger’s eyes sparkled when our discussion turned to women in the Bible. She spoke of them fondly as if they were close friends—Miriam, Deborah, Abigail and a host of others from the Old and New Testaments. She spoke warmly to me although she […]

Sweet Tea and Sympathy for Invisible Women

A_Melinda02

By Melinda Jackson Lalrinthangi is invisible.  I meet her operating her makeshift vegetable stand in the golden rays of Northeast India’s morning sun. Cabbage, Bird’s Eye chilies, bitter gourds, okra. The sun has just risen over Mizoram state, illuminating the hillside city of Aizawl for a crisp, January day. My husband and I were just […]

Authentic Modesty: Compassion Over Shame

A_Saskia

Can I tell you something? It’s rather personal. I rage in the face of summer’s modesty conversations. I hate them. I never, ever respond to any of them posted on Facebook or the blogosphere, but whenever they pop up, I seethe with anger and mentally debate those mothers with their pleas to the peers of […]