why we need mothers & fathers, brothers & sisters, daughters & sons

kathyescobar healing, incarnational, relationships, spiritual formation 25 Comments

i have been wanting to write this post for a while. it has been especially impressed on my heart in the past few months and i thought in honor of the-day-after-mother’s day i’d actually write it. i think that the purpose of community–“the church”–is to have a place, whatever that looks like, to learn to love God & others and to be loved by God & others. like so many things that matter, i do not think it magically drops out of the sky.  it comes …

“we are one” & more ramblings about justice

kathyescobar church stuff, equality, incarnational, injustice, spiritual formation, the refuge 8 Comments

well we’re back from our crazy rome trip. we were only there a little over 24 hours because that is what jose’s layover was (for those of you who don’t know he is a pilot for united airlines to pay our bills & a new lawyer for a legal aid clinic here in denver because that is what he has become really passionate about in the past few years.  yes, that is one of the reasons it’s so nutty around here).   we had a great …

power differentials in action

kathyescobar crazy making, incarnational, injustice 11 Comments

if you’ve been reading for a while you know i am passionate about advocacy.   i believe we are called to stand up for the oppressed, be a voice for the voiceless, and to raise awareness of injustices with more than just words.   my last specific rant about this subject was when i wrote make advocates not buildings; i shared about an experience i had going to social security offices with a single mom on disability.   i have seen it in action many a time–the doors …

mixing it up: say yes.

kathyescobar incarnational, just because i thought it was fun 11 Comments

i’m kind of melancholy & raw these days, in a good way.  re-thinking a lot, waiting, listening, trying to notice some things God is probably saying that i keep trying to juke & jive my way out of, fairly unsuccessfully.   anyway, i thought i’d mix it up a bit and share this andrea gibson poetry slam piece i watched today from jen lemen’s blog. i rarely take the time to watch these kinds of links, but once in a while i am drawn in & …

i see Jesus alive in you. and you. and you…

kathyescobar incarnational, spiritual formation, the refuge 7 Comments

happy easter. it was a lovely eve at the refuge last night, so simple, so sweet, so fun.  kids & grownups, love & laughter, sadness & hope all mixed together.  plus, one advantage of having a saturday evening gathering is that we get the resurrection one day early! i love easter & the signs of hope, of spring, of new life.  but i will be honest, i am not really into the rah-rah of making it over-the-top-and-all-about-the-hoopla.  Jesus, alive and well, moving and healing and restoring …

“the kingdom of God isn’t just going to drop out of the sky”

kathyescobar church stuff, dreams, incarnational, injustice 24 Comments

i’ve been in a bit of a blog fog.  real life is extra crazy & busy & full & good; i have all kinds of ideas i’ve love to process together, but between the refuge and kids and wacky seminary & university instructing gigs there’s just no time.  for now, i’m just sharing what i can, realizing i would love to be more creative and mix up the medium here a bit, but just can’t right now. so i guess you just get to keep hearing …

home.

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 …