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kathyescobar incarnational, spiritual formation 11 Comments

i am journeying through christine sine’s lenten guide on the road toward easter.  it has some really beautiful stuff in it!  week one was a journey into brokenness & i wrote on the difference between “i suck” and a truly humble heart. week two was a journey into hunger. this week is a journey into homelessness.   i can not for even a  minute speak into what it feels like to be without an actual roof over my head.  i have always had the luxury and gift …

we can’t just stand by: international women’s day 2009

kathyescobar equality, incarnational, injustice, women in ministry 26 Comments

most people around me know that one of the things i am most passionate about is equality for women–across the board, in the church, in our communities, in the world.  the injustice that continues to prevail against women in many shapes and forms is not something that i think we can just stand by and ignore.  because it’s so prevalent, engrained deeply into cultures & systems, i think sometimes it feels overwhelming; and as individuals sitting in our houses on a saturday morning it doesn’t seem …

a view from the margins: the aftermath of emotional & physical abuse

kathyescobar a view from the margins, church stuff, equality, healing, incarnational 10 Comments

i know the coolest women.  seriously.  strong, brave, courageous women who are rebuilding their lives after the ravages of emotional and physical abuse threatened to ruin them.  i am crazily passionate about the subject of domestic violence because it is so prevalent, so underestimated, so misunderstood.  one of the reasons i am so intense about gender equality in the church is because of both subtle & direct ways women continue to be stripped of their dignity, value and voice.  this tearing down paves the way for …

a view from the margins: gay + “the church” = a lot of damage

kathyescobar a view from the margins, church stuff, crazy making, incarnational, injustice 21 Comments

well i don’t think it would be possible to focus on a view from the margins without offering some perspectives from a group of folks who tend to be the most marginalized of all when it comes to “the church”-the gay & lesbian community.  i recognize that people who read this blog may be all over the place on this issue; in this moment, that is not what is on the table. what is? the opportunity to listen in on my friend’s perspective of what it …

a view from the margins: marginalized kids

kathyescobar a view from the margins, church stuff, crazy making, incarnational, mommydom 11 Comments

marginalizing people is not limited to age.  kids get marginalized all the time, too.  the ones cast aside, avoided,  ignored the  most are probably the kids with special needs.  many people are afraid of them.  sometimes grownups don’t know what to do so they end up doing nothing.  the result:  we unknowingly marginalize kids and families when they need us the most.  Jesus loves the little children.  And he desperately and tangibly loves those that the world is afraid to touch.  special  needs kids can sometimes …

a view from the margins: single dads eeking by

kathyescobar a view from the margins, church stuff, incarnational, the refuge 8 Comments

i am loving sharing these stories from my friends!  every time i re-read them, i am blown away by their beauty and depth.  janice’s view of  “God’s ghetto” and kate’s perspective on mental illness have gotten us off to a great start.  i thought we’d enter into another dimension from the margins, ones that tends to get ignored sometimes-single daddies struggling to take good care of their kids and put food on the table. i talk about single moms all the time. their situations are so …

a view from the margins: respecting mental illness

kathyescobar church stuff, healing, incarnational, injustice 28 Comments

 to respect something is to “show regard or consideration for.” giving our respect to things we hate is a very tricky thing to do.  we don’t mind respecting and honoring things and people we appreciate, but when it’s something that makes us mad, well that’s a different story.  there is such a wide spectrum when we say “mental illness”, ranging from depression to bipolar to anxiety disorder to schizophrenia to a wide range of other diagnoses that get tossed around.  some struggle with it more than …

a view from the margins: God’s ghetto

kathyescobar church stuff, healing, incarnational, relationships, the refuge 28 Comments

when some of us have been harmed by life, by others, it can become so easy to feel like damaged goods, like somehow we weren’t good enough to be protected by God.  like maybe his favor is on others, but not us.  a theology that supports a God who orchestrates bad things that happen to people is something that many churches & christians unknowingly pass on-that “all things happen for a reason”, “God is in control”,  that “we are his children and he is our perfect …