Who Will Love Them?

But how can people call for help if they don’t know who to trust? And how can they know who to trust if they haven’t heard of the One who can be trusted? And how can they hear if nobody tells them? And how is anyone going to tell them, unless someone is sent to… Read more »

Christ, My Autistic Neighbor

  Thursday morning the doorbell rang. “Hi Sheryl. I want you and Jordan and Rachel to meet me at Benny’s tonight between 4:30 and 6. I will buy you something to eat and drink.” I love listening to Warren talk – especially considering how many years it’s taken him to open up enough to talk… Read more »

Tears of Confession

Tears have been following me around lately. They show up at work, at home, and often when I’m just walking through my neighborhood listening to Derek Webb or Jon Foreman on Pandora. They appear over a shared meal, or in a phone call. Last night they were present during my dreams – I willed myself… Read more »

Unimaginable Consequences

Tonight our record-breaking 14th Holiday Feast was held here at the JUSTembrace hospitality house. It never should have happened. I’m going to share a story and some deep emotion that I’m currently in the midst of, so please take the following with a warning of its honesty. This morning we held our monthly foot clinic…. Read more »

Here’s the Dirt

This past Sunday, I was attending a new faith community in my neighborhood when I heard Scripture and a sermon that helped something very important click for me. It’s a story Jesus tells about a sower sowing seed.  Jesus tells the story, then He unpacks it for his followers a little later.  You can read… Read more »

3rd Annual Fall Festival!

I Hate Foot Clinic Mornings

I say that each and every month on the 3rd Saturday, around 8:15am when my alarm starts to go off. Today marked the completion of 3 full years of monthly foot clinics held at The People’s Church’s sanctuary. All in all, we’ve seen WELL over 620 community members in 3 years.  That mean’s we’ve cut… Read more »

Dead in a Park

One of the most important parts of my week is eating dinner with the community at the soup kitchen at the local parish. Tonight I walked into the soup kitchen with my own worries and concerns heavy on my mind and visible on my countenance.  I felt anything but friendly and had no desire to… Read more »

Violent Realities Part 1

This has been a traumatic week in the life of our community.  Before I spend time giving some of my deeper thoughts, this was my experience of the first 30 hours: ____________________________________________________________ Monday, in the middle of one of the neighborhood’s soup kitchen, a passing car unloaded dozens of bullets towards a group of folks… Read more »

Living Gently in a Violent World: The Prophetic Witness of Weakness

  I just recently started reading, Living Gently in a Violent World: The Prophetic Witness of Weakness, by Stanley Hauerwas and Jean Vanier. Stanley Hauerwas is a world renown theologian and ethicist who has spent most of his life in academia, while Jean Vanier is the founder of the L’Arche movement. L’Arche is a worldwide movement of… Read more »