The First Incarnational Theologians Were Women

“Hail, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” The Angel startled Mary. Her prayers cracked open with the unexpected visit. Her mind swirled with the greeting of high honor. No one, not even Joseph, called her ‘favored one.’ She forced herself to focus as the angel kept speaking. “The Holy Spirit will come upon […]

Shame Is The Great Presence-Killer

Why have I heard from God? Why have I not heard from God? *** I was eight. Each night I got out a book of children’s prayers and tried to connect to God after my parents turned out the lights at bedtime. My family was falling apart that year in spectacular ways—in a few months, […]

Wild Landscapes Wanted

By Patricia Alderman | Twitter: @patricialderman A small suburb of my hometown contains several homes designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. They were built in the 1940s when the area was completely rural; getting there meant you had to drive out to the country. Now the city has sprawled to the point where there’s no […]

The Places I Saw the Face of God

I grew up in a family where we were measured by performance. In elementary school, we were given quarters for our A’s. We were given dessert if we finished all of our food on our plate. We were given shelves for all our trophies. I did not have a shelf. Sports was something I did not […]

Well-Behaved Women Won’t Change the World

After writing for SheLoves magazine for eight straight years, this is my last regular post. It has truly been a joy to be part of this amazing organization of strong, passionate women! While I know it’s time to transition out and make room for new voices, I will always remain connected to the people and […]