It is My Place to Believe in the Church

I grew up in the church. I spent Sunday upon Sunday sitting in the first third of the pews, staring up at the stained glass tree of life, while dutifully taking notes, just in case anyone took notice and needed confirmation that I was, indeed, a pastor’s kid. I looked out at those velvety pews […]

Liberated from Fear

I wasn’t always afraid. After graduate school, I hopped on a plane to a village 60 kilometers outside of Prague where I lived for a year in a construction building and taught English as a Foreign Language at a local Gymnázium (high school). My roommate and I occupied two rooms in the construction building. The […]

The Power of Our Words

“I don’t believe you’ll find that book at all interesting, since you’re not a mother yourself.” I remember it so clearly. I was speechless. We sat, side by side, in the front of her car. She was dropping me off after lunch together on a hot, late summer day. I had told her about a […]

Becoming the Women Who Hold Up Half the Sky

We can’t hold up half the sky, unless we do it together. I remember listening to Nicolas Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn talk about their book, Half the Sky. The idea that women hold up half the sky resonated with me so deeply and there was almost a sense of vindication in seeing that […]

What If God is Not Silent?

I was in my early twenties the first time I ever heard someone speak about God being silent. I took the first of a few classes from the poet Luci Shaw. She was a friend of my mom. Luci had written a book about the death of her late husband, Harold, entitled, God in the […]