How can we look beyond the next thirty days and focus on our whole lives?
Born Again Again
Carol Howard Merritt on reclaiming faith
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As religious leaders, we cannot ignore what the events surrounding the confirmation hearings are doing, especially to our bodies.
Maya Angelou says that we develop courage by doing small things. "You wouldn't want to pick up a 100-pound weight without preparing yourself."
My understanding of God has become a welcome object of gravity, as it moved from heady abstractions to my gut.
While women have historically been bound by family obligations, household chores, or desperate poverty, there have been monasteries throughout history that allowed some to focus on their vocation without those typical pressures.
There’s something amazing about holding your own book in your hands. Like magic, all of those stories and thoughts have moved from fleeting, drifting notions in your mind into the stark reality of paper and ink.
We were no longer strong women facing messy situations. We became the mess.
Sometimes we need a place where we are told, “You did nothing wrong.” Can our communities provide that space?
That anger might make people feel uncomfortable, but listen to it. Use your emotions as fuel to work as hard as you can. That emotional energy indicates love for your church and your calling. It will sustain you.
The idea of a father God is extremely important in evangelical thought. They grasp that metaphor for God above all others. As a result, the evangelical understanding of the family is intimately connected to their understanding of God.