Breathe Deeply: A Prayer and A Song for the New Year

Editor’s note: We are so honoured to start off the new year with the voice of one of our indigenous sisters. Melaney honors us with her presence, her voice, her song and her gift of words. She goes first, like our sister Miriam. Together, we long for the Promised Land. Together, we long for a new world.  By Melaney […]

My #OneWord365 for 2017

I resisted my one word this year. We’ve lived in this house now for 13 years and I will always remember the New Year’s Eve when we sat in the living room, while there was a ping pong tournament happening downstairs. My mother-in-law asked us what ONE WORD we wanted to focus on for the next […]

The Year That Changed Me

There’s only one other time in my memory when I did not wish for a new year to come. Normally, I ring in the New Year with eagerness, full of hope for a fresh start. But 2012 was different. I was saying goodbye to my mother in the last days of 2011. She went to […]

Haplelujah, Indeed

I don’t often realize I’ve reached capacity until near-implosion occurs. My family and I had just made a major move: from the San Francisco Bay Area to Seattle, Washington, from blue skies to gray, from a comfortable knowing to what felt like a raw and callow Great Unknown. I was trying my hardest to make […]

Making Space for Loss

During this season of Advent and anticipation, I always pause to remember our miscarriage. How our plans suddenly weren’t perfect. How I learned to grieve something defined as “normal” and that happens to more than half of all pregnancies. I learned to grieve a loss that hadn’t even been joyously announced yet. When we decided […]