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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the scary face

the scary face

Note: This post first appeared on my personal blog May 2007.   A conversation between Darin and myself last night after I settled onto the couch: Darin: How was work today? How was your staff meeting? Me: Work was good. Staff meeting was pretty good. I kinda threw a bit of a temper tantrum though. Darin: Oh yeah? Why? Deanna: Well, Pastor Mike threw this huge project at us (involving collecting all the worship songs we sing from April-September) and…

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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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Seriously?

Seriously?

A lament… No man’s ignorance will ever be his virtue.     The whole This American Life episode that includes this song is worth your time. Lyrics: Let’s start with hope I threw it in the middle like a skipping stone The ripples won, son of a gun Some would not have thought so But I stand here Commander in Chief And I take that seriously But along the way A rogue ripple turned tidal wave In reaction to what I tried…

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The World Turned Upside Down

The World Turned Upside Down

Sometime over Christmas break as I queued up the Hamilton music soundtrack for the 4,327th time, Daisy asks me how long ago the musical came out. Not thinking much of it, I casually suggest about a year as an answer. Daisy stares at me quite shocked and demands to know why in the world we are just listening to it now! So yeah, I may be a bit behind in the Hamilton mania, but trust me, I have fully embraced…

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