belonging.

kathyescobar advent & lent, ex good christian women, healing, identity, relationships, spiritual formation, synchroblog, the carnival in my head 16 Comments

this post is part of the march synchroblog, multiple bloggers writing on the same subject. this month’s topic is in the spirit of lent–the wilderness experience.  you can check out links from other bloggers at the bottom of this post. * * * * * “our level of belonging can never exceed our level of self-acceptance” – brene brown this past saturday night at the refuge we talked about the season of lent & what it means for us.  it’s just a weird coincidence but our …

open.

kathyescobar dreams, spiritual formation, synchroblog, the refuge 20 Comments

this post is part of february’s synchroblog – a bunch of bloggers writing on the same topic at the same time.  this month’s topic is creativity & christianity.  check out the links at the bottom of this post; they are a great mix of different voices. i’ll add more links as they come in today. * * * * * “art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time” – thomas merton when i was in high school i had an amazing …

orphans

kathyescobar healing, identity, incarnational, synchroblog 20 Comments

* this post is part of the monthly synchroblog.  january’s topic, in the spirit of the season of epiphany, is the manifestation of God.  check out other bloggers who are writing on the same topic; links are below & i’ll add as more come in.  when i sat down to write about this topic, this is the first thought that came to mind… “Christ has no body but yours, no hands, no feet on earth but yours, yours are the eyes with which he looks compassion …

sitting at the rickety-card-table-in-the-family-room for thanksgiving dinner

kathyescobar dreams, equality, healing, incarnational 26 Comments

this part of the monthly synchroblog i enjoy being a part of, bloggers writing on the same topic on the same day.  november’s is a topic near & dear to my heart, seeing through the eyes of the marginalized. i encourage you to check out some of the other writers who participated, the link list is at the bottom of this post & i’ll add to it as new ones come in over the course of today.  if you’re a blogger & want to be part …

it’s easy to be against equal rights when we have them

kathyescobar equality, injustice 39 Comments

one of the reasons I like synchroblogging is because it forces me to write about topics that I wouldn’t necessarily come up with on my own.  liz dyer decided to really stir the pot with october’s topic—“legalizing same-sex marriage.”  whoa!  these kinds of moments help me think through the issue a little more clearly & hear others write about the same topic from different perspectives, too.  links i have so far are at the bottom of this post, but the complete list will be on liz’s …

it’s a lot easier to be against immigration reform when you have papers

kathyescobar injustice 15 Comments

  * i wrote this post months & months ago, before everything broke out in arizona.  i never finished it & decided to now as part of this month’s synchroblog.  check out the other links at the bottom of this post.  lots of interesting stuff! * * * * * one of the most controversial and popular posts i have ever written was about health care reform called it’s easy to be against health care reform when you have insurance.  i always joke that i wish …

gender equality is so pretty

kathyescobar church stuff, dreams, equality, healing, leadership, the refuge 5 Comments

* this is a post i wrote a while back for christine sine’s summer blog series about the kingdom now & how people are seeing it up-close-and-personal. i thought i’d share it here, too.  it’s short & sweet & when i re-read it today it reminded me of how thankful i am for my brothers & sisters on this brave & beautiful & more-natural-every-day journey. * * * * * when christine asked for some kingdom is near stories for this summer, i thought of all …

“we may look like losers”

kathyescobar church stuff, incarnational, jesus is cool, the refuge 16 Comments

this post is part of a synchroblog coordinated by julie clawson; a lot of bloggers are writing today on the same topic.  you can check out the links at the bottom of this post or for the most up-to-date-list, go here.  the focus:  “where is the church emerging?” * * * * * regardless of all the high voltage emotions surrounding it, i think the word “emerging” is just a word that describes the beautiful things breaking out, busting through, wriggling its way into the world …