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Pilgrimage with Jay

My oldest friend, Jay, took me up on an adventure to walk from Chico to Red Bluff (about 40 miles) right before New Years 2017. We decided to take the railroad track for most of the journey. It became a … Continue reading

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Good Friday Meditation

The killing of Desmond Phillips exactly one month ago has been on my mind in a special way today. His brutal death reveals a community tension around black lives, law enforcement, and mental health disability in Chico. Even while the … Continue reading

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Signs of Hope in Lent: The Power of Telling Our Story, Part 3

I’ll conclude with these reflections from an interview with Wendell Berry after Donald Trump was elected. Berry said, “Happiness is a great mental faculty. It happens. One of the best things I know about happiness is that some days I’m happy. … Continue reading

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Signs of Hope in Lent: The Power of Telling Our Story, Part 2

I remember the day Pete (one of the eldest gang leaders, not his real name) sat on top of me, pinned my arms with his knees, the crotch of his nylon basketball shorts within inches of my face. He shouted … Continue reading

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Signs of Hope in Lent: The Power of Telling Our Story, Part 1

Scriptures: Luke 13:34-35 Psalm 19:7-14 Song: “We Fall Down” By Donnie McClurkin “This is what it means to be penitent: to face ourselves honestly and with hope. Truth — the kind of truth that sets us free — is hopeful … Continue reading

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Bethel AME Choir

Wow. This choir. This song. Pretty amazing.

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On November 9th, 2016

I needed these reminders today: I’m reminded to look outside of (white) evangelical Christianity for a truthful witness about the USA. I’m reminded that loving my neighbor often requires a broken heart. I’m reminded that none of America’s electoral accomplishments satisfy deep justice. Most importantly, I’m reminded that the … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to (White) Evangelicals on Voting

Dear sisters and brothers, Although it’s sometimes difficult for me to know where I belong these days, I thank you for always including me and being such warm mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers in the faith. We have shared one another’s tables … Continue reading

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“This is the way they will survive”

Another great quote from Jayber Crow: “As the [Branch] boys grew older, they made do with old cars and old farm equipment as they earlier had made do with old bicycles and outboard motors. This is the way they will … Continue reading

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An invitation to the “third way”

When I gathered people last year to have a conversation with Tim Otto about his book (Oriented to Faith: Transforming the Conflict Over Gay Relationships), I was a little shocked with how distressing his approach would seem to both the affirming and … Continue reading

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