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Untangling Gnarled Roots: Recognizing My White Privilege

  The conversation around race is hard. To have it each of us has to be willing to challenge our own assumptions about the world, to see life through another's eyes. The beautiful thing about Jesus is that he is always asking us to challenge our own assumptions, to see the world with the eyes of mercy and justice ...

A Chocolate Croissant for Elissa

  When Elissa and I hung out for the very first time, it was fall in Syracuse and she wondered if I wanted to climb a tree. “Of course I want to climb a tree,” I’d said and meant it. We were in our twenties, in graduate school, and I did not get many offers like tree climbing. So we climbed and she told me ...

Light Your Candles Quietly: Keeping Advent with Mary, Vol. 3

[caption id="attachment_5104" align="aligncenter" width="502"] "Light your candles quietly, such candles as you possess, wherever you are" -Alfred Delp[/caption] Vol. 3 - Defiantly Demanding Redemption “In sober fact there is little romance or beauty in the thought of a young woman looking desperately for a place where she ...

Melancholia: Why I wish I hadn’t seen it and why I’m sort of glad I did.

[caption id="attachment_3504" align="aligncenter" width="253" caption="image from imdb.com via Pinterest"][/caption] Three weeks ago my husband and I watched the movie Melancholia. If you haven’t heard of the film, I’ll say this: That was probably not a good idea. (At least for me.) It’s not a spoiler to explain that ...

Holy Saturday

[caption id="attachment_3201" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption=""Buried" Copyright © 2012 Jan Richardson Images. All Rights Reserved."][/caption] The Last of the Brooding Miserables by Mary Karr Lord, you maybe know me best by my odd laments: My friend drew the garage door tight, lay flat on the cold ...

Trade in Hope

"What is it about the human spirit that we believe we can rise again, become more than our former self told us we could be? I believed..." Those are the first words of a documentary teaser for Trade in Hope, a story about human trafficking filmed in Austin, Texas. Yes, that's right, a documentary about modern-day slavery in ...

World AIDS Day: Turn it Red

Ten years ago, as a 22 year-old, I returned home from one month in Kenya and South Africa. That month I studied African cultures and religions, Liberation Theology, and generally got my mind blown by a Baptist theologian in Nairobi who looked like Yoda. Dr Waruta spoke things to me that I'm still processing. He planted ...