mental health & wellness, spiritual, stories

Heartbeat: A Travel Blog

I am very decidedly a "city person." So much so that, during seminary orientation last year, when some new friends invited me to "go exploring" with them I assumed they meant exploring downtown. Lo and behold, they meant exploring a state park. So off I went hiking. For the past 4 days, I hit the… Continue reading Heartbeat: A Travel Blog

mental health & wellness, Scripture, theological

Religious Trauma and the Binding of Isaac

"Deceived, tied up, and held at knife-point -- all by his own father? Because God said so? Talk about traumatic!" an older lady exclaimed. I was sitting in a lectionary Bible study this morning, discussing the story of the binding of Isaac (Genesis 22:1-19) as many lectionary users may have done today. And let's just… Continue reading Religious Trauma and the Binding of Isaac

cultural issues, mental health & wellness, personal, spiritual

Nevertheless She Persisted

In January she watched as women's marches took over downtowns around the world, complete with pink pussy hats and witty posters and various sorts of ideological disagreements. In February she started hearing the catch phrase, based on Sen. Elizabeth Warren's experience of being silenced mid-speech: "She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless she… Continue reading Nevertheless She Persisted

church, mental health & wellness, Scripture, spiritual

Good Grief, Friday

Yesterday, along with another young woman interning at my church, I carried a seven-foot-tall, thick wooden cross (literally an "old rugged cross") down the aisle of the sanctuary. Today, I have a scrape on the palm of my right hand to show for it. I wash my hands, and the scrape stings just a little.… Continue reading Good Grief, Friday

mental health & wellness, Scripture, spiritual, theological

Finding Freedom From Shame

This was originally posted on the blog of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. A therapist once pointedly suggested that I was experiencing shame. I promptly suggested she was wrong. Shame is for people who’ve done egregiously terrible things, I thought (which is kind of all of us, I now realize, “for all have sinned and fall short… Continue reading Finding Freedom From Shame