When Your Work is the Loosening of Chains

Come to Me … I will give you rest. Jesus makes this invitation; an invitation I desperately need. He offers a place to lay down my burdens and find ease, comfort and belonging. Did he know, when he said these words 2,000 years ago, that a work-from-home mom, a woman craving justice, an emerging voice […]

We Were the Minority Straight Couple in our Supper Club

My grandma attended the same church for over 40 years. She was faithful and dedicated, volunteering, contributing, and always ready to listen. I don’t know how many pastors she saw through the years, but I do know she liked some better than others. Though she never unpacked sermons the way I like to, a comment […]

On Rainbows and Reclaiming My Place in God’s Family

By Jaime Riefer | Twitter: @jaimeriefer | IG: @jaimemarvin As I crossed the street a few blocks down from Main and Hastings, I heard a voice rise up from the din of wanderers: “Kids!” It was a sudden warning. Soon other voices were whispering, “Kids” in a strange chorus as people announced our arrival. Hands swiftly tucked into […]

My Need to Belong

The wounds I learned to operate from early on in life were the ones that screamed, “You don’t belong. You’re not enough.” It sounds ridiculous. I come from a stable middle class white American family; I should have always known where I fit. Yet I don’t remember a time when I didn’t feel like I’d […]

Kinship is Resurrection

“I remember our first small group,” Rachel said. “Heather said she didn’t really trust Christians.” I almost choked on my margarita. “I said what?” “Right!” Ericka said, laughing. “You also said you might not stick around the group. That you had to wait and see if we were a good fit.” We were on the […]