Are We There Yet?

Three years ago, I found myself on the side of a very steep hill, wondering, “Am I ever going to get to the top? We’d seen the round-topped hill from our apartment in southern Spain, on a trip we’d saved and planned for. We thought we’d enjoy the views of our town from up there­­—slung […]

God Pours Greatness Into My Weakness

Recently I’ve been challenged by the word “acceptable.” It sounds gentle, but it has proven to be challenging. For many years, I’ve wanted to participate in justice work—righting wrongs right and raising-up valleys. But the people who make change happen are so strong and I don’t feel very strong these days. Somewhere along the way, […]

Standing With Martin Luther King, Jr.

I come to this weekend every year and feel detached from the reality of Martin Luther King Jr.—his family, his friends and his community. I don’t feel like I am a part of his suffering or his courage. But I want to be because as Chandra White-Cummings reminded us, we are sisters and brothers in […]

Reclaiming What Was Lost

“For whatsoever from one place doth fall, Is with the tide unto an other brought: For there is nothing lost, that may be found, if sought.” ― Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene Lately, life has felt like a tilt-a-whirl. Do you ever feel like you’re running around with a butterfly net, trying to catch all […]

The Double-Jointed Answer

When I was about twenty years old, I did some food deliveries and tutoring in a very rough part of Palo Alto, California and it changed me. I saw people taking advantage of the poor in neighbourhoods that lacked basic services. In hopes of providing real tools to improve lives, I decided to become an […]