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 […]

Raising Feminist Humans

This book is a quick 63 pages full of gems. I picked it up at just the right moment: as I am working on my own identity as a feminist mother, as I continue to work on relevant sex education and as I am on the brink of my book release about amazing girls working […]

Hierarchy of Needs

Successfully educating girls in extreme poverty is no small task. A fascinating part of the Kibera Girls Soccer Academy success story is watching founder Abdul Kassim meticulously and strategically address the girls’ needs in order of urgency. Over the years, the needs are met more effectively as well. For example, in 2002 the school had […]

Self-Care Reboot

I went to see my spiritual director because I was sick of crying at work. My teammates are incredibly supportive, don’t get me wrong, but it was getting a tad ridiculous. Almost six months into being the primary care giver to two children, my (part-time) hours in the office were my only hours away from […]

Girl Power

One of the many things that drew me to the Kibera Girls Soccer Academy’s success story is that Abdul understood that he needed to address the needs of the whole girl. Improvement in the classroom can happen faster if the girls feel embodied and if they have an outlet for their creativity. The sports, clubs […]

Pentecost Hope

This year I was hungry for Pentecost. I yearned for the story– a bunch of people in a room, speaking different languages yet understanding each other. Speaking our truth in our language and working toward understanding of the other is our work in the world, our community and our family. Pentecost fell on June 4, […]

For the Love of Soccer

The KGSA story was about soccer before it was about school. It makes sense to me that a successful girls’ soccer team became a successful girls’ school. Female athletes know all about work ethic and focus. They understand that they are stronger together, striving to overcome adversity as a unit. The school felt like a […]

Hauling Heavy Memories

So many of us reached a tipping point this past summer with racial tension, innocent death, and the important work of Black Lives Matter. I knew it was time to take more tangible steps toward knowledge and reconciliation. Where does my power live? What is my work to do? As I addressed in a previous […]

#30DaysFor30Girls

The notebooks are purchased. The buses are back out. It’s time for school. September is a magical month, filled with anticipation and excitement around freshly sharpened pencils and new learning. It could also be the month you decide to tangibly support a girl in Kenya to get a great high school education. Before I ever […]