UPDATE: Zondervan has pulled all the material from their shelves and has an official apology here. I am surprised and in awe of their willingness to do this. I will be the first to admit that I know so very little about race and ethnicity. And being white, I think my admitting that point … Continue reading Race, ethnicity & culture
I am grieving my father’s absence today. I miss him terribly. (This is true, even while it is also true that I was afraid of him all my life.) He was my father and I loved him. He was wise and could be gentle and kind. Yesterday while reflecting on where I have come from, I … Continue reading (I am) Under Construction: I Believe in the God who keeps time and has a long view that I cannot comprehend
I have had something percolating for a while — thoughts on being a woman in the church. It is good to be human. But is it good to be a woman in the church? And what about the f-word? It’s hard to be a feminist in the Evangelical church. Do you ever wonder why people of … Continue reading The F-word is a Dirty Word in the Church
I recently wrote about my frustration and confusion with the Church and particularly my church. It seems to me the Church is ignoring the stories of women in the Bible, and historically as artists and theologians, and in the Church worldwide. Now I don’t have history or theological degrees, but it doesn’t take those to … Continue reading Men have been talking about men for so long, they don’t even realize it.
Midnight. Last night, my ten year old son said he wanted to stay up until midnight — insisting that he had to do it. — But why? I asked slightly bewildered. “If I do, I will have not cracked my knuckles for a whole day!” he told me in all seriousness. He has a nervous … Continue reading Miscellany that Bewilder Me
Why I don’t like “women’s” ministry, seminars & conferences specifically for women, or special Bibles and studies written only for women. It is not that I’m against women (or men) gathering together as a tribe, but I have other, deeper concerns. First of all, fundamentally it comes out of this notion that men and women … Continue reading Why “For Women” is not “For Me”
I thought it might be wise to check in on my resolutions now a month later. My New Years Resolutions … they were: I will Learn. See. Respond. Be … I will give more of my time, voice, and energy to the disadvantaged, oppressed, and forgotten in my community. (Immigrants, LGBT, homeless, unwed mothers, the … Continue reading New Year’s Resolutions Update (Jan. 30th)
At the risk of being completely petty, considering what’s going on in the greater world, this is a last update on the 21 day fast. Frankly I need the closure. Here’s how it all started. On Thursday, January 7th, I began what for me ended up being a ten-day fast. My goal was 21 days. … Continue reading [21 day fast]
I have a lot of questions right now because I’ve been thinking. And when I start thinking I find I end up with more questions. diversity @ church. One of my favorite writers, Philip Yancey, recently scoured his hometown churches to see what he might find. His comment about diversity in a church stood out … Continue reading Questions, cause I’ve been thinking
When I read an article in TIME Magazine Can Megachurches Bridge the Racial Divide? about the diversity journey of Willow Creek Church, I was left feeling surprised and unsettled. Surprised by the influence that one person can have, a pastor in this case (Bill Hybels) who changed the face of that church – quite literally. … Continue reading Am I called to be comfortable or to be changed? (as a white Christian)
My New Years Resolutions … I will Learn. See. Respond. Be … I will give more of my time, voice, and energy to the disadvantaged, oppressed, and forgotten in my community. (Immigrants, LGBT, homeless, unwed mothers, the illiterate.) To put myself in situations where I am the ethnic minority. If given opportunity, I will tell … Continue reading Resolutions for 2010
Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals. Martin Luther King, Jr. Even as I write that title, “AM I WELCOME…” I’m thinking this is not about you, Melody! And it is most decidedly not, … Continue reading Am I welcome at a Juneteenth celebration?