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Stand Against Anti-Asian Racism In The Time Of COVID-19

On a regular Wednesday, right before news of the global pandemic of COVID-19 started filling my social media timelines, I picked my youngest up from preschool. We walked across the parking lot, her navy-blue backpack covered in colorful cat faces hanging from her shoulders, almost reaching the backside of her knees.  She had blue paint on her fingers and face, and her ponytail … [Read More]

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The Red Couch: Practice Listening; Practice Being Wrong

A Note from Red Couch Book Club Editor Annie Rim: The way we're engaging with books here at the Red Couch has changed this year––you can read more about these … [Read More]

What Strong Women Do

None of the ladies in my family shrink back. Distinctly southern, full voices fill the room when we enter. We’re known for our loud laughs and warm embraces. We … [Read More]

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Beatitudes for COVID-19 Times

(Inspired by the Mother of Alternative Blessings, Nadia Bolz-Weber, who was inspired by a Jesus who offered extravagant blessings to those who wouldn’t otherwise … [Read More]

Launching SheLoves Church

When a virus isolates us, we lean in to the opposite spirit. Here on SheLoves, even more than before, we're leaning in to safe online community. COVID-19 days … [Read More]

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What’s Next for the Red Couch BookClub?

I used to be a classroom teacher. One of my favorite things to do was present my class of eight-year-olds with ideas and then let them make their own connections. In some cases––like math class––they would make connections and we’d have to keep solving the … [Read More]

Christ our Mother—Incarnate and Embodied Feminine Power

Trigger warning: Mention of miscarriage Women were always included in the story of Jesus the Christ. They gathered around the cross, held vigil, wept, and clung to the last vestiges of hope. Women were the first persons to witness an empty grave, an … [Read More]

A Blessing for These Strange and Fearful Times

Hello, Beloved. We wanted to check in with you. How are you doing? Are you worried? Perplexed? Frozen because of fear? Crippled because of anxiety? Confused how to feel? Numb? Vulnerable? We know, these are strange and wild times. So many questions and not … [Read More]

The Feminine Power In and Around You

Stage 1: Observe I can’t pinpoint when I started to experience and resonate with Feminine Power. However I can remember observing it in my grandmother as a young girl. My grandmother has a 10th grade education and never held a formal job title. I used to … [Read More]

Sisters In Mental Illness: Hair Loss, PCOS, Depression & Healing (with Evaline Njoki)

"If I can speak to one woman or use my story on a platform like this to encourage other women who are going through infertility, loss, deep disappointment and betrayal—that is my purpose in all of this. It is going to be painful and that pain never goes away, … [Read More]

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 … [Read More]

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 the resilience, struggle, and hope girls of color hold. Instead of relegating these young women … [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 servitude to their new Spanish overlords. Local women were frequently raped by the conquistadors … [Read More]

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 were golden. Those shiny ones are fun to recall—when love was new and we were young. Sweet cards … [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 glittery puffy stickers from third grade said so, as did my half a locket buried in a box. Friendships … [Read More]