I Am the Other: on acknowledging my disability

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“Is this permanent?” the clerk at the BMV asked.

I said something like, “Yes, yes, it’s chronic, I’ve had it since birth. It’s permanent.”

No one asked why it had taken me over 41 years to get the parking permit. Nor did I want them to.

She handed over the little blue hanger without even a blink. No money was exchanged. Only my pride was handed over, my reluctance to admit I could use the help this little piece of plastic provides. God help me, why was I here again?
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At SheLovesMagazine today: “A Woman Fully Alive”

Thrilled to join the chorus of voices at SheLovesMagazine today, as we talk about what it means to experience life as “the other.”

“A female pastor. How wonderful!” she said. “And I got to see it before I died.”

She approached me after a funeral service, her beautiful scarf framing her face, a woman who looked to be in her 70s. I was rendered completely speechless. And I confess her words mark my memory with a sadness I have a hard time articulating.

You see, I live in a world where gender both qualifies and disqualifies you. Where “othering” is often the language of the day and I regularly observe all-male elder boards or male-led denominations attempting to dictate who they want me to be, how I should use my gifts, and what they will allow me to do.

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Reclaiming Eve: Robin Lake’s story

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Robin Lake is a pastor, worship leader and writer from New Hampshire. She also works full time as an executive administrator, runs a healing discipleship ministry and is studying to become a Spiritual Director. She is fiercely devoted to seeing the … [Continue reading]

I will speak up for my sisters in the margins, even when it seems no one wants to hear

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I did it to myself. I chose to join with my coauthors to write a reflective, Jesus-centered message about why we believe the Bible and the Kingdom of God set women free. The whole thing started in a church Bible study, and women of all … [Continue reading]

Reclaiming Eve: Dorothy Greco’s story

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Dorothy Littell Greco has spent the past thirty-three years following Jesus. In addition to trying to become more like the One she loves, Dorothy works as a photographer, writer, and pastor. She and her husband have three sons, and as of August 2014, … [Continue reading]