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The Future Is Female

The Future Is Female

  Have you heard about the women leading the resistance movement these past few months? The women who organized the largest protest march in history? The woman who refused to argue Trump’s travel ban in court and was fired for it? Or the woman who issued the stay from the bench? The woman who persisted when she was told to stop speaking? The women who broke from their party for the sake of our nation’s children? Or the women sitting on…

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Woman, you are loved and gifted and called

Woman, you are loved and gifted and called

It happens without fail. Every.Single.Time. When casual conversation with old friends or new acquaintances turns to the fact that I am going to seminary, the next question out of the other person’s mouth is always what are you wanting to do with your degree? As in, what are your post-graduation plans? Why are you spending all this money? What is the job you are hoping to go after? And every time I smile, slightly shrug my shoulders, and admit I…

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“Nobody Blames the Seas…” guest post by Stephanie Dickenson

“Nobody Blames the Seas…” guest post by Stephanie Dickenson

Nobody blames the seas for becoming rough and wild during high winds or stormy days, or thinks it inappropriate to see their waves swirling with murky sand. So why do I blame myself or presume I still should, could be smooth and serene? Much less clear and clean? Nobody looks at the messy roads waterlogged after heavy rains and covered in debris, thinking the roads are misbehaving or embarrassing themselves. And none are shocked and appalled when the trees give…

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Confession

Confession

  I confess my fear. I confess my lack of faith, in God and in my fellow human. I confess that I have turned up the noise and turned down the Spirit, intentionally fueling the rage. I confess my anger. I confess cursing under my breath and dreaming up twitter slams. I confess my judgement at perceived stupidity, outright hypocrisy, and deliberate misleading. I confess rolling my eyes and slamming my head so many times a day it might lead…

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My Pro-Life Ethic

My Pro-Life Ethic

Years ago during a meeting with my pastor I was shocked when he asked me if I was pro-life. I knew what he meant was are you anti-abortion so on that level I wasn’t really surprised. But the question really bothered me because I was a foster parent who spent much of my free time serving teen mothers, married to a man who’s recent journey with Jesus into Scripture had led him to take a pacifist stance. Wasn’t this pro-life activity in our…

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“On the Pulse of the Morning”

“On the Pulse of the Morning”

by Maya Angelou Here, root yourselves beside me. I am the Tree planted by the River, which will not be moved. I, the Rock, I  the River, I the Tree I am yours – your Passages have been paid. Life up your faces, you have a piercing need for this bright morning dawning for you. History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, and if faced with courage, need not be lived again. Lift up your yes upon the day…

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A Family Conversation Guide on Protest

A Family Conversation Guide on Protest

First off, a disclaimer: I am no expert. There are men and women who have been working and protesting and community organizing for many years and I am most certainly a newbie. So the thoughts and questions and conversations here are not polished and not really written from much experience. Rather, they are a humble offering to you as a result of searching for the words and stories to help educate my own two budding activists. In addition, these are words…

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