On Friday and Saturday, I co-facilitated a workshop with a local pastor and folks from the Department of Public Health and the Department of Human Services. The topic was homelessness in our town of Corvallis. This is the first time that I have heard this group of people laugh together, usually they are yelling at each other. There are many things about community capacity building that I love. These are the ones I want to share with you because I believe they can be translate
Be strong in love and in the strength of its power.
Put on the whole armor of love, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of doubt and fear.
Therefore take up the whole armor of love so that you may be able to withstand days of doubt, and having done everything to stand firm in love.
Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of courage. Dr. Bird’s take on Ephesians 6:10-20 Create some mayhem, raise some hell.
Yesterday was Pentecost.
Pentecost is about fire.
Fire is about transformation.
Transformation is about SHIFT. Yo, I am on fire.
This girl is on fire.
Fire is what comes to me in my dreams.
The flame, the fire, the ignition.
The spark that destroys so new life can come up. Fire is power. Love is power. Transformation is power. In high schools around the country girls are shot down by boys who are mad at them.
Burn it down.
On the USC campus women (my friends and myself in
Lately I have been seeing myself taking a head first dive off the rim of the Grand Canyon and instead of sprouting wings (like I thought I would) my body is in a free fall, flailing itself from one rock ledge to the next. Bam-Ouch.
Smack-Aargh. Each full throttle smattering on the ledge reminds me of: An unpaid bill (bang)
A shitty should (thump)
The weight I have put on (slap)
That time that day I raised my voice at the kids (whack)
My lack of motivation to
awe According to Merriam-Webster, AWE is an emotion variously combining dread, veneration, and wonder that is inspired by authority or by the sacred or sublime. The last 5 weeks of my life have been filled with incredible AWE… The kind of AWE that made me sob tears of joy upon seeing the space shuttle for the first time, thus fulfilling a childhood dream…the dream of being an astronaut… The kid of AWE that I felt when my 3 beautiful stepchildren looked me in the eye, held my