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 …