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Betrayal

This morning the task was to discuss the story of Judas betraying Jesus with two separate groups of high school students. We read John’s version, where the soldiers, police and Pharisees went after Jesus with lanterns, torches and weapons. Later, Simon Peter took out a sword and, before Jesus could tell him to put it […]

ZOOM House Gala

A home brings with it the stability necessary to dream. ZOOM House goes well beyond shelter, supporting residents holistically. I’m thrilled to be the keynote speaker at ZOOM House’s gala. Please join us and invest in their work of offering dignity through housing and advocacy. If you register HERE this week, tickets are discounted. Saturday, […]

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12 Tiny Things

Welcome to the end of January. How are your 2018 resolutions going? One reason New Year’s resolutions don’t often work is we try to take a big step that we have not laid the foundation for. Tiny does not equate to insignificant. Little things can be big things when they are addressing the core of the […]

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My Favorite Books of 2017

So many books, so little time. I didn’t read as much as I wanted to this year, but what I read was fantastic. Like last year’s list, these are not books that came out in 2017 necessarily, but books I read in 2017. What are you reading? Favorite Anthology: Best American Essay of 2016 edited […]

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Upcoming PLG Events

Sunday, December 3, 10:30-11:30 Bethlehem Lutheran Church Play Like a Girl Discussion I’m really excited to lead a book discussion with the youth and adults from Bethlehem about the importance of promoting education and girls’ empowerment both globally and locally. The event is open to the public, so come and bring a friend! Reading the […]

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Preventing Clergy Sexual Abuse

In 2014, Rabbi Hayim Herring, PhD and I co-edited Keeping Faith in Rabbis, a wonderful compilation of essays. One of those fine essays, “Preventing Clergy Sexual Abuse” by Rabbi Ellen Lewis, seems extremely timely and relevant these days in light of the numerous sexual assault charges coming to light. Andrew Barron of Avenida Books supported […]

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Quick Writing Update

1. Perseverance in Publishing I laughed aloud when my agent, Dawn Fredrick, ask me to write my annual NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) post on perseverance. “Yes,” I said. “I know a little about the topic.”  She came to the right woman. Writing requires courage, audacity and faith. Publishing demands many things, including a boatload of […]

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Speaking Clearly

I launched Play Like a Girl on August 15 at Open Book in Minneapolis. People I love and strangers, former and current students, Kenyan Americans and even a few Kenyans filled the room. Asha, Teka and I talked about KGSA and the process of bringing Play Like a Girl into the world. We answered questions […]

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Writer Momma

Adventures From Publishing a Book with Two Small Children July 19 I heard a package being dropped off on the porch, and for some reason I wondered if my books were inside. I saw the box, saw my name on the box, rushed to get scissors, opened it, took the piece of packing cardboard off […]

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Beyond the Offering Plate

Bodies Matter

Although churches tend to talk exclusively about money when they talk about stewardship, Beyond the Offering Plate explores how we are stewards in so many other areas of our lives. We are also stewards of our time, mind, work, and technology to name a few. I was thrilled to contribute a chapter to this anthology on […]

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