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Streams Run Uphill

La vida es la lucha. Coined by our mujerista theologians it literally means, "life is struggle," or even more simply "to live is to struggle." Conversely, the flip is true, too - to struggle is to live. The book Streams Run Uphill: Conversations with Young Clergywomen of Color was first inspired by an African proverb that echoes the sentiment above. Where … Read →


Full Stop: A Sermon on John 11

The telegrams all read the same: "The Secretary of War regrets to inform you that your son was killed in action." Stop. "Further details will be forwarded to you as they become available." Stop. There was absolutely no way to argue. No questions you could ask. No more information you could glean. Your son is dead. Full Stop. In an instant, the stone rolls in … Read →



You aren’t single. We’re together, for the long haul. Right? His head tilts, brow furrows.   Yes, but I start Yes but according to the Church…   Would another person be a better partner He wonders Just because of some rings and words at the front of a church?   Ah, but my whole life is words at the … Read →

Loneliness by Hans Thoma, 1880

Ask a Young Clergy Woman: Non-anxious Presence Edition

 Dear Askie, What does a calm, non-anxious presence actually look like in practice? Specifically, what does it look like at contentious meetings where people criticize decisions you've made as a church leader? Signed, A Little Bit Anxious, Not Gonna Lie … Read →