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  • Recovering Reverend

    Published August 28, 2015


    Owning our story
    How I came to believe that church wasn’t the place for a broken person like me

    by Derrick L. Weston

    Shame derives its power from being unspeakable. That’s why it loves perfectionists—it’s so easy to keep us quiet. If we cultivate enough awareness about shame to name it and speak to it, we’ve basically cut it off at the knees. Shame hates having words wrapped around it. If we speak shame, it begins to wither. Just the way exposure to light was deadly for the gremlins, language and story bring light to ...

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    From Reimagining the church

  • Ponderings

    Published August 27, 2015


    Therapy Ain't for Black Folk?!

    by Shanell T. Smith

    It's all I see in movies.
    It's all that I've heard spoken.
    "Black folk don't do therapy.
    Unless he was a 'token'
    Negros don't believe in sittin'
    With no man to help to free us
    We don't need no medication
    All we needs, we got; it's Jesus!
    Ain't no time for cryin' and frettin'.
    The chu'ch'll pray to remove the hold.
    Don't go runnin to no therapy
    Leave that mess to da white folk."
    Well, I'm Black and ...

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    From Reimagining the church

  • Ditekemena program offers support for children in the Democratic Republic of Congo

    Published August 27, 2015

    After the death of her parents, Noella was sent to live with her aunt. However, she was not there long. Her aunt’s child was often sick and she looked for someone to blame.

     “Ever since you came to this house, my child has been sick. You must be cursed. Get out of here! Go wherever you want, but don’t come back here,” her aunt told her when she was 11 years old. 

    So Noella went to the market, looking for an answer to where she should go and how she could survive. She struggled to find food to ...

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    From Global Poverty

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