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Why I Call Myself A Sinner

Here is the entirety of the prayer I use the most: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. It’s called the Jesus Prayer, and comes from the Orthodox tradition. I’m not sure where I came across it, but I started using it in as a breath prayer years ago. Concentrating on my inhalation and exhalation, I repeat it for five minutes, while focusing my mind on … [Read More]

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The Parable Of The Brown Girl

Here is an excerpt from Khristi Lauren Adams's new book "Parable of the Brown Girl: The Sacred Lives of Girls of Color." In this book, Khristi introduces readers to … [Read More]

God Sends a Mother

When the world is in travail, God sends a mother. In 1531 the Mexican peoples languished in the ashes of the Aztec Empire. Once-strong warriors slumped in … [Read More]

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Thank You for Loving Me Over the Long Haul

I've seen a whole lot of Valentine’s Day celebrations in my long life. Some of them have been memorable; most of them were over before they made an impact. A few … [Read More]

When Deconstruction is the New D-Word

I didn’t know the divorce rate for friendships going in. I thought when you said “best friends,” you meant "forever." Like a blood pact without the blood. My … [Read More]

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The Red Couch: Once We Were Strangers Discussion

I once had a friend from Brazil who became my unexpected house guest. We first met as student missionary teachers in Puerto Rico when I was 19 years old. Once the school year ended, she moved with me to my house in California where we also planned to work as … [Read More]

Deconstructing The Good Church Girl I Used To Be

I had been born and raised in the church to be a Good Church Girl. I was taught by sincere and loving people to be sincere and loving. I believed what the Bible clearly said, and deferred to my pastors and leaders whenever I had questions. This, I was taught, … [Read More]

A Recipe For A Feast Worth Sharing

I didn’t want her to see me fumble around with the spices she effortlessly wielded. She had been making these dishes her whole life, learning at the side of her Amma. This was my second attempt at making the fancy chicken roast and fragrant pulau, Bengali … [Read More]

When You’re Resistant To Change

I don’t have a particularly good track record when it comes to change. I don’t like it. I always assume it’s going to end badly and, because of that, I tend to stay in situations longer than I should. The familiar unpleasant is less terrifying to me than the … [Read More]

I’ll Bring the Rum Cake

for H & K & Z I have to brake hard at the light, and my right arm shoots out to the seat beside me. I’m not protecting a person, or even a particularly breakable item. It’s a cake. Wrapped in foil, teetering precariously on the seat. My quick reflexes … [Read More]

Reframing My Ugly Photos

Last fall while I was in Southeast India for four months launching an academic initiative in collaboration with a women’s college, I got to speak several times at various conferences and events. My first engagement was five days after I arrived in the coastal … [Read More]

When You Are Practicing

I started a yoga practice in January. I am sure I am not the only one. I am doing an at home practice that I found on YouTube and y’all, I am not good at it. I think you could say I might even be bad at it. I lose my balance. I lose my place. I mix up my left … [Read More]

We Have Big News: Leah Abraham Takes on Role as Editor-in-Chief of SheLoves

(Scroll down for video interview with Leah + Idelette) Decolonize. This is the word we heard so clearly during a SheLoves Leadership Retreat at the beginning of 2019. What would it mean for SheLoves to decolonize, we wondered. That day, sitting around … [Read More]

I Want to Keep Our Glasses Full

One of the most memorable dinner parties I attended while in college in Paris was a gathering hosted by a British couple who had lived in the city for years. I knew them from church, though the guest list was curated by a close friend of mine. Because they … [Read More]

How Miracles Evolve: A Conversation with Sarah Bessey and Leslie Verner

Email subscribers, please click through to the website to watch the video or listen to the audio version of this conversation. Leslie Verner sits down with Sarah Bessey to chat about her newest book Miracles and Other Reasonable Things: A Story of … [Read More]