Witness to Suffering

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We romanticize suffering because we know the weight of looking at it honestly will crush us. It’s why we have best-selling books about the London Blitz whilst barely taking in the sight of the dusty 3-year-old Syrian toddler covered in blood and dust. Eyes close to reality, lids pulled down by the gravity of the pain. Is art a form …

We Need Bold and Angry Christians

In Church by Caris Adel1 Comment

They want us to be quiet. Peaceful. Gentle. They want us to be Ruth in all things. Where you go, I will go, and your god will be my god, whether it is anti-Semitism, anti-blackness, anti-refugee, anti-immigrant,  anti-Asian, anti-lgbtq, or anti-healthcare. Where you go, I will go and your god will be my god, the conservative Christians say to the …

A Quick Guide to Getting Involved on the Local Level

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My husband works in city government. Last week he was at a neighborhood meeting and a resident was complaining about cars that speed and run the stop signs in her area. She was upset that the police were never around, and said that maybe they should hire one officer just to do ticketing in the area. “And if he gave …

Flinging Sparks at the Darkness

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The way we move in the world is so often largely invisible to ourselves. We are unaware that what we take for granted could be so foreign to someone else. “How have you never heard of this show?”, “How have you never eaten this food?”, “What do you mean; mayonnaise is a white people thing?”. It can be fun, and …

The Flies Will Conquer the Flypaper

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                 It is summer, and I am 11. I’m at the beach with my friends, playing in the calm waves of Lake Michigan. This water that I’ve grown up with I know like the back of my hand. I’ve seen the beaches change from year to year. I run in the dunes as …

For the Love of Humanity

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  We have some polls that are not changing and are simply baffling to understand. The group most committed to Donald Trump is white evangelicals. In spite of his hatred for brown and black people, his sexism, his despisement of immigrants, his mocking of the disabled, his sexual predatory behavior, his human trafficking accusations, and rape trial; in spite of …

35 and Free

In Walking Brave by Caris Adel4 Comments

Madeleine L’Engle said “I am still every age that I have been.” I like that idea, and there is a lot of truth I it. But as I look at turning 35, I’ve been thinking about how our cells replenish themselves every 7 years, so that every 7 years we are a new person. I have been reborn 5 times. …