i am leaving for israel & palestine this morning, back next saturday. i am excited! it’s a learning trip with my mom and one of our life-long dreams. last night at our house of refuge my new friend who helped us connect to this particular trip shared about her experience in palestine. as she was […]Read More
this dream is so possible.
happy martin luther king day! i am so grateful for his prophetic voice & the great movement his influence made to shift deep injustices. we still have a long way to go but his legacy lives on and hopefully will keep inspiring us toward action & hope. this past week i was dreaming with some […]Read More
the christmas story, friendship, and our crazy notions about neat & tidy.
* today is the december synchroblog. the topic is advent: tell me a story, places where we see God’s love & hope & peace & joy in the midst. i didn’t really write this post for the synchroblog, but the more i thought about it, the more it does fit. it’s the crazy unexpected story […]Read More
collaboration on behalf of dignity.
last night our dear friends kevin & linsey potter from oasis usa hosted a screening of the documentary, a handful of dreams–the truth about begging, followed by questions & responses to the issue of human trafficking and how we can make a difference here, now. the film centers on a coordinated raid in bangalore, india, […]Read More
the problem of patriarchy & living the solution.
* thank you, dear friends, for the love & support & encouragement for the refuge in all kinds of different ways. i struggled with writing that post & of course as soon as i hit publish i had blogger’s remorse. but i knew i needed to and i’m glad i did. i am always reminded […]Read More
the difference between begging for money & asking to support a worthy cause and why i'm bad at both.
i hate money issues. raised by a single mommy doing the best she could, i started working when i was 13 years old for spending money. in college, i was on mounds of financial aid. i clearly remember my last semester, leaving the financial aid office knowing that was the last time i would have […]Read More
charisma, fairy dust and our addiction to kings
last week we hosted a small gathering of co-pastors from 5 different communities/4 different states. it was a lovely, simple time centered on sharing the ups and downs of shared leadership and pastoring these kinds of nutty churches. i have a lot of respect for people who co-pastor because it is a very unpopular & rare […]Read More
"just bring me a shot glass" & being ourselves in community.
as someone whose mantra is “downward mobility,” i’m guessing it’s crossed some minds out here how i reconcile my life as part the refuge with my life that includes flying all over the world and doing all kinds of appearing-not-so-downwardly mobile things. it crosses my mind, too. it’s been quite a wild ride for me […]Read More
tolerating, valuing, embracing.
“this is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. and we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters..dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” 1 john 3:16, 18 this past saturday night at the refuge my […]Read More
friendship: men & women can be friends, here's a place to start
* this is the final post in this series related to cultivating healthy friendship. the other posts are: mind-reading, assumptions, and saying our crazy stuff out loud, safety & boundaries aren’t dumb psychology words, conflict is good (even though most of us hate it), and learning to let go. it’s been fun for me to re-cap […]Read More