Tag Archives: diversity

If Jesus was brown and non-Western, shouldn’t some of our other heroes be too?

In search of some role models of faith for my children, I recently began looking for biographies of Christians through history. I found several highly recommended series: Encounter the Saints (Seton) Hero Tales (Bethany House) Men and Women of Faith … Continue reading

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The puzzle of many homes

It is in this journey from a cornfield-mind to a global one that I taste the reality of those who have known many homes but belong to none. Tears brim as I mourn the loss of what once was, but beneath my sorrow simmers more. I am learning a resilience, a strength, a beauty, a humility that I have never before known. I am learning to walk in the unknown, to have courage in the dark, to surrender my privilege, to walk in faith. Continue reading

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In honor of the steady faithful

“But I was exposed early to the real stuff – Top Shelf Christianity – Deep and Old Christianity. This kind is practiced by people who work until they stink and take life in great draughts. Their hands are as rough as … Continue reading

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Aching thoughts on Ferguson

It is the end of a long week with teenagers. #thankyouJesus They are precious, those half-baked and hope-filled ones, but they are entirely exhausting. In quiet moments, my heart hangs heavy from hints of broken lives and battered souls. They try to hide … Continue reading

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What I wish we’d remember a little louder on 9/11

I’m usually fairly quiet on 9/11 as it’s a day that holds a lot of memories. We lived 5 minutes from the Pentagon at the time and the plane crash shook the windows of our small apartment right along with my personal sense … Continue reading

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5 painful realities of white privilege

We were sitting outside the frozen yogurt shop when my husband interrupted my yogurt-induced-heaven with a passionate “Did you see that!?!” “What?” I looked around but didn’t see anything unusual. I’d been a little spaced out in a blissful yogurt coma and … Continue reading

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Some big words (and helpful ideas) for when the race conversation explodes

In spite of decades of diversity awareness and training, race continues to be an explosive topic, and the media headlines attest to a continued struggle of our multicultural country to come to grips with its multiple realities. There are microagressions and macroagressions, … Continue reading

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