resurrecting.

kathyescobar ex good christian women, faith shifts, healing, identity, jesus is cool, spiritual formation 10 Comments

some synonyms for “resurrecting”:  awakening, bouncing back, breathing new life into, brightening, coming to life, making whole, overcoming, reawakening, recovering, rekindling, renewing, renovating, restoring, resuscitating, snapping out of it, springing up, strengthening, waking up. yesterday was resurrection sunday. a day where we tell the easter story and Jesus risen from the tomb and remember that out of the death & darkness, hope and new life emerge. i am so thankful for resurrection and all that it means and the entire week at the refuge was a …

formation friday: the cross

kathyescobar advent & lent, formation friday, spiritual formation 14 Comments

“it is finished” – john 19:30 it’s good friday (well, it was, but since i’m just now posting this it’s holy saturday). and because it’s so important to not be too serious all the time, i really love david hayward’s cartoon. each year, the cross has had different meanings to me. i’ve rewritten the same post different times here & here and every year it always shifts a little or certain things mean more than others. when i was in israel & palestine in january, i …

scapegoats.

kathyescobar healing, spiritual formation 11 Comments

scapegoat:  [skeyp-goht] a person or group made to bear the blame for others or to suffer in their place. * * * * * this post has been swirling around in my head for over a year now and i finally got a chance to sit down over a month ago and write it.  then i still didn’t post it until now. i think i’ve been avoiding it because i don’t want to listen to my own words, ha ha. in a recent conversation about church …

kings.

kathyescobar advent & lent, church stuff, jesus is cool, leadership 17 Comments

yesterday was palm sunday.  i love the easter story; in fact, this week is my very favorite week of the entire year.  like advent & the anticipation of Jesus’ birth, i love the upside-downness of it all.  Jesus, the promised king, the messiah, all grown up, enters into jerusalem to a roar of “hosannas!” and the thrill of impending victory.  people were excited, inspired, drawn, hopeful.  they were ready for him to kick ass and take names, to topple the empire and restore justice. he’ll make …

our drinking-vodka-out-of-frozen-turkeys

kathyescobar advent & lent, healing, identity, spiritual formation, the carnival in my head 13 Comments

i hope everyone had a really great holy week.  it was a wild one around here & i loved it in all kinds of ways.  we did a beautiful & simple good friday gathering & then a fun & so-refuge easter celebration on saturday night.   easter is my favorite season; to me there is so much beauty in the reminder that out of death & darkness new life emerges–over and over and over again.  death, grief & resurrection (i call it friday-saturday-sunday living) is not something …

the cross re-dux

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*i wrote this post last easter.  really, i think i’d probably just write the same one again. it’s been a wild week here, friends hurting & hospitalized & all kinds of other nuttiness that keeps bringing me back to reality.  to the here and now.  to the preciousness of life.  for my desperate need for hope.  for a thankfulness that good friday is not the end of the story. * * * * * to me, holy week is about downward mobility as a path to …

new life easter 2010

victim. survivor. thriver.

kathyescobar healing, jesus is cool, spiritual formation, the refuge 11 Comments

i know i say this all the time, but this past week goes down in recent history as one of the wackiest in a while.  living in real community is not, capital IS NOT a picnic.   it’s a beautiful gift, and i wouldn’t trade it for anything, but sometimes life in the low places is just plain old hard.   coming on the heels of a lovely holy week and celebration of easter, i was reminded yet again that life–real life, the kind that Jesus brings–is a …

the cross

kathyescobar jesus is cool, spiritual formation 4 Comments

well here we are, the monday after easter sunday.  it’s my favorite season of the year & every time i re-read the story and engage with the unexpected events from palm sunday to resurrection day i am reminded yet again how Jesus turns things upside down and inside out.  i wrote this post last week, but never posted it in all the hub-ub.  so i thought i’d just wait and post this today, a little bit after the fact… to me, holy week is about downward …