My Life on Chronic Illness

By Suzanne Burden | Twitter: @suzanneburden There are days I feel completely irrelevant and invisible to the world. “You look good,” others often say, trying to be helpful. I am not good, a voice on the inside sometimes eeks. I am fighting the battle of my life to be able to do normal things. I […]

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 […]

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 […]

Grief Draws Us to Belonging

As we rounded the corner, I saw the hearse. It was parked in front of the doors of First-Centenary United Methodist Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee and the finality took my breath away. This past Saturday, we shared in Rachel Held Evans’ funeral. I drove up from Atlanta with my dear friend Tina Francis-Mutungu and the miles […]