Carrying an Unshared Trauma Together

There is something hauntingly intimate when you hold a secret between two people. Something that only the two of you know. A sacred knowing. What is it called, though, when the same secret is carried by millions? In 2012, I arrived through the gates of O’Hare International Airport. Home. My feet had landed on US […]

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 have received blessings.)  We imagine Jesus, in our midst, offering beatitudes for this time: Blessed are you when you have been affected by COVID-19.  Blessed are the people of Wuhan. Blessed […]

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 feel scary and uncertain, yes. Yesterday, our family restaurant closed—for how long we don’t know. And yet, I hope and trust in a God who looks after the […]

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 problem to get to an answer that worked. In other […]

A Recipe For A Feast Worth Sharing

I didn’t want her to see me fumble around with the spices she effortlessly wielded. She had been making these dishes her whole life, learning at the side of her Amma. This was my second attempt at making the fancy chicken roast and fragrant pulau, Bengali staples. My friend says they are her comfort food. […]