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until we are all free

Yesterday, the U.S. celebrated Independence Day with barbecues, picnics, outdoor adventures, watermelon, ice cream and fireworks.  Lots of American flags were flown, and lots of people talked about our gift of freedom. There’s a new park in my neighborhood.  The City of San Francisco took a dilapidated block and turned it into a beautiful little park with a […]

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no one’s free until we’re all free

Yesterday I read Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book, Between The World And Me.  It’s a letter from a black father to his son, reflecting on his experience of discrimination, racism and the broken narrative Americans live with, where wealthy white men have pursued the American Dream at the expense of people whose skin color was different from theirs. […]

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making it through

I was on chemotherapy during the summer of 2007.  My mom went to church one Sunday and I stayed home because I didn’t feel well.  I turned on the T.V. and watched George Stephanopoulos’ program.  The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were in full swing, and at the end of his show every week, they […]

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On Wednesday I was flying from Jackson, Mississippi to Denver, Colorado, for a speaking engagement.  On the flight, I closed my eyes and for some reason, I started thinking about all the people Jesus encountered.  All the people whose stories we read about in the Gospels.  And I started wondering what happened to them afterwards. […]

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the star

The Star is one of my favorite parts of the Advent story.  Like the famous Left Shark in Katy Perry’s show, the star takes on its own identity, and becomes a character in the Nativity. Stars are truly amazing, and I’m truly fascinated by them. I’ve spent hours lying on my back in remote places out […]


free indeed

My very first date was on the 4th of July, when I was 20 years old.  It was the summer between my sophomore and junior years of college, and I was home with my family in northeast Pennsylvania. My older brother Lenny was a server at Applebee’s.  He came home one night and said, “Sarah, […]