All That We Are

We are thin lines of orange that arc then bloom at the horizon and as birds warble and stars dim We rise We are clouds billowing above the silent water Expansive and mysterious At once hiding, then revealing We rise We are rock faces hardened then smoothed with age Our peaks honed by a hidden […]

I Believe in You

Ten years ago, when we first started The Refuge, my faith community in Denver, I received an unexpected donation from a friend with a simple note enclosed. It only said four words:  “We believe in you.” We believe in you. The minute I read those four words, I started to cry. And even now, years […]

Daughter, Your Faith has Healed You

By Marilyn Gardner | Twitter: @MarilynGard I grew up in Pakistan. As an only daughter in a house full of boys, my family treated me like a princess. I loved Pakistan. Pakistan was my home, the place of my earliest memories. All of my firsts happened there. As I grew up, I learned more about […]

Dear White Sister

Dear White Sister, It is time we have a heart to heart. We need to talk about race. I know. You may not want to talk about it, especially with a black woman, but we need this to happen if we are going to move forward. I need you to really listen. Your fear of […]

Hello, 40. It’s a Pleasure to Meet You

Right around the time you read this, I will mark my 40th birthday. It’s a strange number to reach.  In some ways turning 40 feels easier than turning 30. Thirty was strange; it felt old and other. I started wondering if I could consider myself young anymore. Forty feels less confusing, but more like a reckoning. […]