Dear Olympia: Womanhood, Shame, and the Kingdom of God

Our church wants what is best for you—I believe that—but often it doesn’t know how to help its women walk through the story about ourselves that we receive from all angles, because its most overarching story about women is itself based in shame. I fear that, if you ever need consolation from the church in the form of empowerment, you may not find it.

Waiting for New Life

 “’Tis the irrational season, when love blooms bright and wild;if Mary’d been filled with reason, there’d have been no room for the child.”             Madeleine L’Engle Twenty-seven years ago, I entered the season of Advent nine months pregnant.  That year, 1994, as this, 2021, the lectionary texts that I preached beat a tattooContinue reading “Waiting for New Life”