Want to Be a Bearer of Justice? Have your Feet Washed.

“True bearers of justice are people who have had their feet washed.” –Gwen McVicker I am blessed to have an extraordinary mother-in-law. Gwen is the woman God used to first crack open my heart for justice, right alongside the prophet Isaiah. I’ve had the privilege of writing a 40-day prayer journal with her, traveling with […]

Guess I’m a little busy writing over at SheLoves magazine these days. I won’t lie, I love today’s story about Marcy and the Linwood House Art Experience: How Marcy Became an Artist. Marcy is pictured on the far left here with friends and fellow artists, as well as Gwen McVicker (third from the right), president […]

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The Journey: A Lesson in Pure Joy

Two weeks ago Linwood House Ministries held a summertime Journey, a three-day retreat for women from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. This time their theme was “summer vacation.” “We packed everything we could think of that said ‘vacation’ into three days–reading, napping, nature, a trip to the local movie theatre, the creation of memory boxes to capture […]

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. […]