The Privilege of Finding Home

Recently I was at a retreat on a property that had been owned by some of the first white settlers to the region. I visited the cemetery of this family that dated back to the mid-1800s. During a hike on the property, I perched on a rock to take in the scenery. As I breathed […]

Crossing Over Territory

These days, the word “territories” makes me mad. Furious, even. The word makes me think of boundaries and taking, protectionism and entitlement. I see empire and colonialism and racism. Territories are used as a reason to impose parameters and hierarchy on difference, to create hard, deep lines between groups of people, to take children from […]

Who Says?

Discovering our personal territory can be tricky business. Age, family background, religious experience, friendships and a long list of other variables are all unique to our own story. Where do we fit in this world? What tasks or joys are ours to bear and to share? Where do we go to discern answers to those […]

The Psalmist’s Voice

By Naomi Pattison-Williams | Twitter: @NaomiWilliams87 I have a fair-weather relationship with the Psalmist. Oh, we have long sung in unison, My lips accustomed to the rhythm of Dwelling in the house of the Lord forever; Being led to green pastures; Lifting my eyes to the mountains; and Finding refuge under the wings of the Almighty. But they […]

The Messy Path to the Promised Land

People think life overseas is one big adventure. It’s not. It’s still just life, lived out in an unfamiliar location. You quickly forget the exotic and get into mundane patterns of existence. The rains that flood the streets whenever there is a downpour aren’t interesting anymore, but just an obstacle that makes the kids’ bus […]