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 […]

The Both/And

There are some weights I’ve carried silently across years, my skin and bone growing right around them tangled complicated. The heaviness buried. Still, I grew into my frame. I softened, curved found my way. I’ve made beautiful things. I can be both/and. But then, on a day still close, words spilled inky and echoed across […]

Rumors of a Shepherd in the Wild

By Corinne Shark  | Instagram: @thesaltyshark  Way out here in the wilderness, outside the old crumbling walls, out past everything I was always so sure I knew, out under neon cathedral skies, out beyond the margins of belonging, out along the frayed edges of my weary soul, there are rumors of a Shepherd. A Mender of […]

Outside the Evangelical Bubble

By Sheli Massie | Twitter: @sheligeoghanmas I have never felt more out of place than I do with “Christians.” My first year in high school, I tried out for the color guard. Now, keep in mind I have about as much coordination as a two-year-old waking up from a nap with head cold, but there I […]

Out Here on the Brink of Eternity

It’s lonelier than I imagined, this aging thing. I remember being impatient with my dad when we pushed my parents to move from their much-loved last home, built 15 years earlier, into a retirement community a little bit closer to us. He was suffering from Parkinson’s and atherosclerosis and my mom was wearing herself out […]