Category: Faith

On White Privilege

Well-known and respected Evangelical pastor Louis Giglio, sitting across from Christian rapper Lecrae and the Chik-Fil-A guy, trying to have an “honest” conversation about race, said that “…white Americans understood “the curse that was slavery” but that they “miss the blessing of slavery—that it actually built up the framework for the world that white people live in and lived in.” He added that “a … Read More On White Privilege

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On the road to emmaus

The lesson is in the NOT seeing

A Few Words About Voting, To My Christian Friends

Most of us are regular folk, just trying to carve out a connected, contented existence in this life. Our voting values reflect this desire. I am prolife, as my church dictates, from natural conception to natural death. This means that I am anti-abortion, anti-war, anti-euthanasia, anti-death penalty. It also means I support extensive and immediate environmental reforms, affordable healthcare, government assistance, open and just … Read More A Few Words About Voting, To My Christian Friends

“Good Grace” by Hillsong United

You know when you hear a song and all the hairs stand up on your head? This one. Maybe it’s because I am feeling grateful beyond words that my friend and her family escaped disaster last week when their home caught fire. Maybe too, at the love they have been shown since. God is good. People are good. Life is good. Still. Somebody needs … Read More “Good Grace” by Hillsong United

Fourth Day

Today is the Fourth Day. Yesterday we were born again into eternal life and today is the day we begin to live like it. That’s why I want to tell you what I learned during this Lent. I gave up 24 hour news channels. I did it because I have watched people I know slide into anxiety bordering on mental illness over the last … Read More Fourth Day

Into the Desert–A different way to think about Lent

I have always tried to find a better way to come at Lent with my kids. This year is no different, as we are 1 day out and Annie is settled on giving up the monkey bars. God bless her little heart, she loves her some monkey bars. It’s probably too much to expect a 7-year-old to be reflective, but Gabe and Kate are … Read More Into the Desert–A different way to think about Lent

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Violet and the Bangs

It has been a few months now, but a while back, I noticed one day that Violet, my 6-year-old, had bangs.  Suddenly. They appeared out of nowhere. The girls had just come back from a weekend at their dad’s and I asked her if she had gotten a haircut…. Nope. Well, did your dad cut your bangs?  No. Did your grandma?  No. Violet, did … Read More Violet and the Bangs

Maybe Like Me

Maybe like me, you didn’t know that what happened to her, to you, to all your friends, was assault. Maybe you thought that a torn shirt or ripped jeans was not a crime. Maybe you knew someone who had been raped and told yourself “It wasn’t like that, so it must not have been anything.” Maybe like me, you internalized the narrative that boys … Read More Maybe Like Me

Why I’m Staying In The Catholic Church

I learned that the clergy was full of liars in 1994. We had a pedophile priest in our parish. His name was Ted Llanos and in 1994 he was accused of sexual abuse of a minor by a person connected to my family in such a way that we knew the accusations were true. Two days later, I sat at a meeting in our … Read More Why I’m Staying In The Catholic Church

Still Hopeful

A word from my mom, Terri:  In February of 2017, 9 days after the inauguration, I wrote a guest blog for Full of Graces. It was entitled #Candles4hope. In it I wrote that I was scared because the new administration seemed to be uninformed, clueless about the intent and beauty of the Constitution and unaware that we are only one great nation in this … Read More Still Hopeful

Loaves and Love

We paid off the new church. We got a new pastor. The newly paid off church almost burned up in a wildfire. The new pastor had to be threatened to put down the garden hose and leave the church in the face of the wildfire. For your personal edification, I asked my dad (He Who Used To Work For A Bishop) if there was … Read More Loaves and Love

The Luxury of Hesitating

I have noticed that white women do this thing when they hear something that shocks them. They go silent. I know—because as a white woman, I have done it—that the silence reflects a thought process along the lines of Did that just happen? Did it mean what I think it means? Did everyone else hear the same thing? Is anyone going to say anything? … Read More The Luxury of Hesitating

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