“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh


Community Organizing, Vigils, and How Plans Go Awry

“Don’t become too narrow. Live fully. Meet all kinds of people. You’ll learn something from everyone. Follow what you feel in your heart.” -Yuri Kochiyama Lunch with a friend that I love and admire so much – we caught up as we don’t spend nearly enough time together. She’s in academic and intellectual circles, church […]


#BeyondSundayMorning: Stories, Floods, and The Eucharist as Confrontation

Ira’s voice in my ear as I run makes my plodding along blur the trees while the road zips by in my peripheral vision. I have feet like a deer and suddenly I’ve run 8 miles. The college edition from last year (“How I Got Into College”) makes me laugh out loud – guffaw – […]


Streams Run Uphill: Highlighting Other Voices

This week Jim Kast-Keat of Thirty Seconds or Less will be hosting the writers’ voices of Streams Run Uphill: Conversations with Clergywomen of Color . “Where streams run uphill, there a woman rules.” -Ethiopian proverb After Making Paper Cranes I found myself desperate to uncover the meaningful and pertinent experiences of the rare but growing […]


Short-Term Mission Trips, Protests and Sharing the Narrative

The first time I went to Mexico was a mission trip. A church youth group. An earnest youth pastor. And boxes of tracts in Spanish. One purpose. We went with the intention of saving the poor and ignorant. Clearly, they needed Jesus. What was most important to their lives was the salvation of their souls. […]

Gracious Protest

Gracious Protest: When Kindred Live Together

Genesis 45:1-15; Romans 11: 1-2a, 29-32 Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Alex Wimberly 17 August 2014 “A police force that does not represent the entire community cannot serve any in the community.” That was the lesson drawn by the chairman of the policing board in Northern Ireland when the decision was made to deliberately diversify the recruitment […]


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