What Is Christmas?

Since her loss of power Since the first birth pains Since the glory left human bodies naked Since the birth of gender wars Brother against brother Since the suffering of all creation because of human rebellion Since the silenced rape of Tamar Out of the darkest times When babies were not spared from the sword […]

To Live in Easter

We celebrated Easter each in our own homes almost a month ago. Still, according to the church calendar it is Easter. There are years where I revel in the length of Eastertide. I walk through the 50 days expecting resurrection at every turn. What miracle will I experience now? This year has not been a […]

The Parable Of The Brown Girl

Here is an excerpt from Khristi Lauren Adams’s new book “Parable of the Brown Girl: The Sacred Lives of Girls of Color.” In this book, Khristi introduces readers to the resilience, struggle, and hope girls of color hold. Instead of relegating these young women of color to the margins, she brings their stories front and […]

Women of the Renovation

Remember that day when you touched the edge of Jesus’ garment? Remember when you took that long journey, first within yourself—because you had to walk that long, lonely journey within first—and then all the way from the edges of the crowd right to the feet of Jesus? You believed if you could just get there, […]

Is This Renovation? Beatitudes and New Diagnoses

In January, I went to my gynecologist mildly concerned about some itchiness and pain in my nether regions. I expected a simple diagnosis—some kind of weird bacterial infection or an allergic reaction. Instead, I learned that I have a chronic condition called lichen sclerosus (LS), which is believed to be an auto-immune disorder. Basically, my […]