I Am a Jesus Feminist

Today is the International Day of the Girl Child. The Girl Declaration is powerful and beautiful and I posted it on facebook and tweeted it out a few days ago. But today, I am making another kind of declaration and it fits completely with this day. It needs to, because right here is where my […]

How Did It Feel to be Hungry?

“Why do you do this?” I asked her. We were walking through the front doors at church, on our way to our cars in the parking lot and the rest of Monday. We’d just set up the sanctuary with food to fill 80 summer hampers for families from the inner city schools in our community: […]

Cooking with Words and Sitting at the table of community

On writing, solitude, community and how our freedom is tied up in each other Writing, for me—even when I worked as a reporter—has always been solitary. Bum on chair. Stories on paper. Words were written either into a private journal or into black ink that printed off on presses and got shipped into houses somewhere […]

The Great Room: You feel the Love …

Elizabeth was my first Downtown Eastside hug many years ago and she’s a friend. This weekend she has also been my own personal “radical hostess,” showing me around her community. The Great Room, the sacred space run by Linwood House Ministries, is a big part of her life here and I love what she’s got […]

Friday Night in the Downtown Eastside: Drinking from a Deep Well

There were seven of us girls hanging out at the Great Room last night. I imagine this is what Gwen dreamed about when the Great Room was still just an idea. I imagine her to dream about a place where women could come into a safe, beautiful environment, find sacred space, friendship, grace and love. […]