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Tis’ the Season: Cultural Identity & Justice During the Holidays

What does it mean to celebrate the birth of Jesus in ways that are authentic and meaningful to who you are as a cultural being? How can you celebrate Christmas in ways that are whole, beautiful and just? Some of us may have never reflected on these questions before. Others have been living at the intersection of their faith and culture for quite some time. Wouldn’t it be … [Read More]

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What Is Christmas?

Since her loss of power Since the first birth pains Since the glory left human bodies naked Since the birth of gender wars Brother against brother Since the … [Read More]

A Harvest Tale

By Sarah Quint | @quint_sarah When Nana gardened in her small city yard, Mama was required to wear a great big hat to keep the sun off of her face and shoulders. … [Read More]

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Imagination Is Our Medium For Resistance

"As artists, imagination is our medium... When we create, we’re coming home to ourselves because it's part of who we are." Editor's note: Abby Bonilla shared with … [Read More]

This Is Not My Art History: A Conversation with Andrea Price

"I want to be part of the history that shows the true diversity and true beauty that exists in the world. So people can see themselves." Editor-in-chief Leah … [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 changes over here at What's Next for the Red Couch? Instead of an introduction and discussion post, … [Read More]

My Survival Is My Resistance

By Michiko Bown-Kai | @queerkenosis Trigger warning: Mention of sexual assault.  When I was 21 years old, I was sexually assaulted. Even though I was a proud, self-professed feminist since my early teenage years, it was not enough to protect me from … [Read More]

Not My White Jesus: A Conversation with Karla Mendoza

Editor-in-chief Leah Abraham sits down with Karla Mendoza to talk about why debunking the myth of a white Jesus is crucial, especially for womxn of color, and what liberation from white Jesus could look like. Email subscribers, please click through to the … [Read More]

The Jesus Who Affirms Our Goodness

Trigger warning: Mention of sexual abuse Email subscribers, please click through to the website to watch the video or visit https://youtu.be/VU2mtKIAVs0. Full transcript: The older I’m getting and the more I’m moving toward a faith that is more my … [Read More]

When A White Jesus Is Present

A few years back, when I was visiting my family in India, I remember my grandfather turning to my seven-year-old cousin and pointing to his arm. “Look at the color of your skin,” he said. “You are lighter than most. White is the color of God and black is … [Read More]

An English Speaking God Is A White God

“Father God, thank you for the food laid before us. Please sanctify the hands that worked the ground for it and the hands that prepared it. Bless it to our bodies. In Jesus’ name, Amen” This is the prayer I’ve recited before meals for about 22 years. I … [Read More]

The Tenderness of Pain

I was surprised and not surprised when my thumb started hurting. After all, arthritis, not the Force, runs strong in my family. As they aged, both my grandmother and my mother, once avid seamstresses, watched their joints gnarl like old tree roots; the pain … [Read More]

Let Me Be Broken With You

My eyes were stinging from crying. My body was shaking as I tried to contain the sobs that were jumping out of my throat. Desperate and sad, I longed for someone to tell me it was going to be okay. But the sheet wrapped around my head was muffling the cries. … [Read More]

Our Bending-Low Jesus

My mother has been gone for just over three years now. Her physical departure was a time of both grief and relief, for I had been losing her, bit by bit, over the previous decade. My father’s death in 2005, followed by my youngest brother’s sudden death four … [Read More]

Sisters in Mental Illness: A Story of Redemption

Trigger Warning: Mention of sexual assault, abuse and suicide attempts. "...that is what faith is. Living in the not knowing and trusting that God has something better for us." This month, we're invited into Christine Hallman's story. Christine, who is … [Read More]