a time to…

kathyescobar ex good christian women, healing, just because i thought it was fun, spiritual formation 6 Comments

this past weekend i facilitated a reflection exercise for my ex-good-christian-women’s group & i thought it’d share it here just in case any of you want to give it a try.  it was our semester wrap & i wanted to do something that gave us some room to reflect & consider this season in our journey. the ecclesiastes 3 passage came to mind, so i used it as a template.  so many beautiful things emerged! anyway, i thought i’d share it here in case any of …

letting God off the hook

kathyescobar featured articles, healing, spiritual formation 40 Comments

this month’s synchroblog is a fun one–it’s called “life unfurling” and is centered on the things that we’ve let go of in our faith along the way and ended up finding freedom.  i have a  bunch of them, but this is the one that came to mind this month.  you can check out the other contributions at the bottom of this post, and i’ll add more as they come in over the course of today. * * * * * when i hurt my back last …

the golden rule

kathyescobar fundamentalism, healing, identity, relationships 14 Comments

**this post is part of rachel held evans’ synchroblog this week on the rally to restore unity.  there’s some fun stuff over there this week! * * * * * when i was a kid my mom had a plaque on her wall that said “whoever has the gold makes the rules”.  looking back, oh how true those words can sometimes be in the systems that we live in!   it was years later before i read the real golden rule, Jesus’ words in the sermon on …

these things shouldn’t be all that crazy…

kathyescobar church stuff, crazy making, equality, incarnational, leadership 7 Comments

sometimes i have fun conversations with other people who have crazy ideas about “church”, too.  whenever i do, i always say “well, it’s great to know we’re not crazy. or maybe if we are, at least we’re not alone.” when i said it this past week i added–it’s really crazy that these ideas are often seen as crazy! somehow the wild & wacky ways of Jesus in the gospels has gotten so decked-out-with-bells-and-whistles, sanitized, professionalized, leadership-ized and institutionalized that really actually doing what he challenged us …

spiritual midwives

kathyescobar healing, spiritual formation 18 Comments

if you’ve been reading here for a while you know that i have more kids than the average person–5 lovely little bunnies, ranging from my oldest who just left for college down to twins that are almost 11.  when the twins were born, there were a few months that i had 5 kids under the age of 7; yeah, it was really nutty.  one thing that i always get to use when i play the game “two truths & a lie” is that i delivered all …