The Red Couch: Blood Brothers INTRODUCTION

By Jamie Y. Watkins | Twitter: @jamieywatkins Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. —Matthew 5:9 Last fall, my local YMCA hosted a workshop with guests from the Jerusalem International YMCA. The speakers, a Palestinian Christian man and an Israeli Jewish woman, came to talk about how the Y in Jerusalem is […]

The Red Couch 2017 Book Selections

What can we say about 2016? On the one hand, there’s been a lot of great discussion at The Red Couch. It’s given me hope, time and again. On the other hand, there’s a lot of uncertainty in the world. It’s hard to know how to feel about 2017. And yet, I believe in the […]

The Red Couch: Reluctant Pilgrim Discussion

To learn more about Reluctant Pilgrim, please read the introductory post. Be sure to peruse The Nightstand in that post, which has resources for those wanting to learn more about the topic and themes of this month’s selection.   When I read a synopsis of Reluctant Pilgrim: A Moody, Somewhat Self-Indulgent Introvert’s Search for Spiritual Community that described […]

The Red Couch: Reluctant Pilgrim Introduction

We’ve all taken pilgrimages of sorts, some voluntarily, others as a matter of life circumstance. Even those we choose can be unexpectedly fraught with pain and joy. In Reluctant Pilgrim: A Moody, Somewhat Self-Indulgent Introvert’s Search for Spiritual Community, we travel this sacred journey along with Enuma Okoro, catching journal-style glimpses of her path. It is […]

I Confess: Reading Stresses Me Out

Okay, so this is weird. Reading stresses me out. It’s weird on so many levels. One: Reading is one of my favorite things to do. Two: I was an English major. Three: I read a lot. Conclusion: Weird. Maybe saying “reading” stresses me out isn’t specific enough. So let’s dig deeper. I get stressed that […]