When Persistence Doesn’t Pay

By Tiffany Baker | Twitter: @revtiffanybaker I learned persistence from my mother. Like some children learn to fold a fitted sheet or bake a perfectly flaky pie crust, I learned how to put my head down and persist. My third-grade vernacular included the words “effective effort” and, before every spelling test or group presentation, my mother would […]

The Blessing of the In-Between Space

There’s a tree outside my parents’ house I affectionately named Delilah when I was younger. She’s a grand, magnificent beauty that flowers at the early signs of springs and dies as the autumn sun sets. Growing up, I watched the tree intently throughout the year and remembered the Aslan covenant—Winter will end. This too shall […]

I Am An Embodied Woman

By Naomi Pattison-Williams | Twitter: @NaomiWilliams87 Last Sunday I went to the beach. I pulled up, squeezed into a tight parking spot (still an achievement every time for this Vancouver-transplant driving a big old Albertan truck) and began to walk, face tilted down slightly against the wind, until I reached the pebbly beach. As a theology […]

I’m Not Fine

I gave up self-sufficiency for Lent. I didn’t really want to, but I felt like I didn’t have much of a choice. This semester has come on full speed ahead. A few days before it started, I was given an appointment as a head pastor of a small church. I’m taking 15 credit hours. I […]

I Am Undone

In my therapy session this week (yes, I talk to a therapist every week and have done so for 25 years), the word that emerged was: undone. Exactly right. The entire session had felt like a chaotic purge of some sort, one story after another came tumbling out, seemingly unconnected. And yet, as she so […]