For Those Who Don’t Belong

I had two hours of time to myself while the nurse watched my daughter. I decided to spend that time attending a local group for moms at the church down the street. I was a newly-minted mom, so it seemed like a good idea to get to know other women at a similar stage in life. I […]

She Treated Me Like I Belonged

By Daphne Johnson | Twitter: @daphnetypes I stood there with a plate of Filipino food in hand as my grandma spoke to me in Ilocano, a language of the Philippines. We were at my aunt’s birthday party and all around me I heard the buzz of Ilocano words. I had no idea what any of the […]

When Your Work is the Loosening of Chains

Come to Me … I will give you rest. Jesus makes this invitation; an invitation I desperately need. He offers a place to lay down my burdens and find ease, comfort and belonging. Did he know, when he said these words 2,000 years ago, that a work-from-home mom, a woman craving justice, an emerging voice […]

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 […]