Love Ordains

I preached a sermon on discovery, dreams, and love. Then I pronounced them man and wife in the lush green grounds of Belle Villa Resort, Thailand, beneath the warm setting sun, before they made their grand surprise exit atop an elephant, whose tail swished against the bride’s flowing train. I’m not an ordained minister, but […]

Do My Words Matter?

By Nicole T. Walters | Twitter: @NicoleTWalters It wasn’t a revelatory moment when the heavens opened up. It was pieces of moments, scattered throughout my life like breadcrumbs leading me down the right path. Pieces of moments—that book I wrote in third grade and a journal entry saying I wanted to be a writer, all […]

Am I Siding with the Vulnerable?

“There’s really no such thing as the ‘voiceless.’ There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard.” —Arundhati Roy I have come to believe that nice Christians are the greatest enemies of faithfulness. I recall a conversation I had at the predominantly white evangelical college I attended. He was an Asian American brother recounting […]

A Blessing for What Is

Fear Not, says every angel and many a prophet. Into our terrain of terror, general or specific, the salvation oracle begins with this imperative. Love, you command. Love your self, your neighbor even your enemy. You leave no escape from the demand, no way out from the risk love requires. And so it is that […]

Beyond The Myth of Scarcity

By Trudy Smith Growing up in upper-middle class American suburbia, Thanksgiving was usually the day that we ate so much our stomachs hurt—seconds and thirds and dessert, as much as we wanted, because it was a feast day. And although Thanksgiving was a special meal because it brought my extended family together for a big […]