empty refrigerators, pawn shops & a long hill up

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when our refrigerator is empty, i go to the costco and buy what we need.  when my gas tank is empty, i drive down the street, swipe my card and fill up my gas tank.  sure, times are tight and we pinch pennies now almost as much as we did when we first were married.  but our reality is this:  because of education & circumstance & all kinds of things, we will most likely never live in poverty in the US. today is blog action day, …

we can’t solve problems with the same minds that created them

kathyescobar church stuff, dreams, equality, ex good christian women, injustice, women in ministry 16 Comments

this week pretty much the topic of conversation here in denver is the democratic national convention.  it really has been a wild week in all kinds of ways. i tried to get tickets to obama’s acceptance speech along with over half of denver but i didn’t make the cut.  i did, however, get a chance to participate in a few other convention events that i was glad to be part of. i am not a democrat anymore (some of you read a bit of my faith …

make advocates not buildings

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i have been on a bit of a rampage these past few weeks, so i am going to get on my soapbox for a moment (surprise, surprise). you see, in the last couple of months i have been an advocate for a few different friends connected to the refuge who have needed a little help navigating social services & standing up for themselves in various ways.  i wholeheartedly believe in the art of advocacy, a little extra support & strength, someone to help give voice to the voiceless & ensure …

re-thinking power

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the old saying “money is the root of all evil” isn’t really that accurate.  we all know there’s something underneath money that is far more insidious–power.  i think about power a lot for all kinds of reasons. my free-fall out of the power-laden mega church i was part of probably was the icing on the cake, but i had been wrestling with issues of power long before then. my husband is hispanic and i have seen first-hand what white privilege looks like & how it affects …

a time for burning

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at the refuge’s february film & discussion night this past friday we watched a time for burning, a documentary shot in 1967 depicting conversations around a white lutheran’s pastor desire to organize a social gathering with a local african-american lutheran church in omaha, nebraska.    here’s all he wanted to do:  offer a reconciliatory gesture toward his african-american fellow lutherans at the church down the street by having 10 white families have dinner with 10 african-american families to get to know each other.  the film is a very raw 58 minute look into …

when one of us hurts, we all hurt

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“there may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” – elie wiesel this past weekend i finished reading a thousand splendid suns by khaled hosseini.  whoa.  i had read the kite runner and seen the movie over christmas.   both of them were beautiful and i had heard that this new story was even harder, more painful.   well i can vouch for that being absolutely true!   a thousand splendid suns focuses in on the lives of …

moving mountains

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wednesday night at our house of refuge sage facilitated a really cool thing on prayer beads (more on that next week with some pictures, too!).  he ended our conversation with an excerpt from one of martin luther king’s sermons.  man it was good!  so inspiring and so interesting that 40 years later (this speech was delivered in 1965) it still applies just as clearly.  you see, oppression is still rampant.  poverty keeps increasing, not decreasing.  hate is on the rise.  exclusivity is still tolerated.   i do …

when is the time?

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a few days ago the fam and i went to see the great debaters with denzel washington, the true story of an all-black debate team in the 1930’s that was the first to compete against white colleges.  we love those kinds of movies, ones that stir up great conversation and a desire to make a difference in this crazy world.    it is so painful to see such harsh examples of racism and injustice.  there were too many good lines to recap but one that was the …