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 […]

If They Are In, Am I Out?

It is “Eastertide” right now in the church calendar. Turns out Easter is not just a one day thing. And in Eastertide this year, my church is thinking about what people do after the resurrection of Jesus. Christ died and was risen, and they knew Christ would come again, but what in the world do […]

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 […]