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Q+A with Christena Cleveland: 'I Felt for the First Time—I'm Not Alone'Carolyn Scott

Q+A with Christena Cleveland: 'I Felt for the First Time—I'm Not Alone'


Aug 30 2016
What everyone needs to know about supporting women of color at conferences and in churches.

If you’re a woman of color who works in or serves with an evangelical organization, you’re probably used to being the only one who shares your gender and background. The overwhelming majority of evangelical organizations, colleges, and churches are run and often ...

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We Need More Politics on Social Media, Not Less


Aug 29 2016
How our feeds feed popular opinion.
We Need More Politics on Social Media, Not Less
Pearl / Lightstock

I hesitated to sign up for a Twitter account years ago, knowing I didn’t need anything else to distract or disconnect me from my real-life relationships. These common stigmas of social media began to fade when someone pointed out to me: “An important conversation ...

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Moms, Go on with Your ‘Bad’ Self


Aug 26 2016
In a culture that expects perfection, sometimes failed moms are just doing their best.
Moms, Go on with Your ‘Bad’ Self
STX Entertainment

My friend Ellen posted a status update on Facebook: “For some reason, Pinterest thinks I’m interested in lists of things I should do to be a super-duper mom who never bruises her children’s fragile egos and aims to make every moment of their days 1,000 percent ...

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A Lament for Louisiana After the Floods


Aug 23 2016
As I grieve the tragedy in my home state, I’ve found solace in a surprising place.
A Lament for Louisiana After the Floods
FEMA News Photo

I was born and raised in southern Louisiana, and flooding was a fact of life in our low-slung neighborhood. A summer cloudburst could put us on the five o’clock news in New Orleans, and we’d see our neighbors swimming in the drainage ditches and floating in pirogues ...

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Let Them Bake Cakes


Aug 22 2016
The Great British Baking Show teaches me about offering and receiving friendship in a fractured world.
Let Them Bake Cakes
Manchester Evening News

A few weeks ago, I sat down for coffee with a family from Syria. I was teaching an English class in our apartment complex and afterward the mother of this family invited me into her home. They arrived in the US very recently. If you’ve paid attention to the news, then ...

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Why I’m Not a World-Changer


Aug 19 2016
In my middle-age years, I’ve traded revolution for good old-fashioned faithfulness.
Why I’m Not a World-Changer
Michael Fleshman / Flickr

Recently, a friend of mine named Katie confessed her deep discouragement over her “failed” quest to turn the world upside down for God. She’d pursued a ministry degree from a Christian college and after graduation, secured what she believed was a world-changer ...

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Our Bodies Are Imperfect Temples


Aug 17 2016
God dwells in us whether we’re Olympian-level muscular or morbidly obese.
Our Bodies Are Imperfect Temples
aiba.boxing / Flickr

Like many of us tuning into the Olympics, I love stories of inspirational feats. I enjoy montages of athletes who devoted their lives to perfecting that one sport, often at great cost to other areas of their life. We marvel at how strong these top competitors can be when they ...

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