Trauma-informed Engagement with Scripture, Part 4 embodiedreading shame trauma-informed Sep 27, 2022

“Look around you. Everyone you see shares a deep and terrible secret that no one ever talks about.”[1] This is how Gerald Loren Fishkin begins his book The Science of Shame. If trauma is essentially a loss of connection, perhaps shame is a force that not only causes but also maintains broken connections—with ourselves, with...

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Letters to My Daughter: Come betrayal innerchild letterstomydaughter storywork wholeheartedlove Sep 23, 2022

Dear D,

A friend recently told me about spanking their little girl, who is around your age. At one particular point in the story, I felt my throat constrict and I noticed a tingly feeling in the top of my head. Once alone, I played the scene over and over in my head.

“I asked her to pick up her clothes, and she said,...

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Trauma-informed Engagement with Scripture, Part 3 compassionbeforeunderstanding curiosityandconnection embodiedreading memories trauma-informed Sep 20, 2022

We only remember so many of the millions of moments that make up our lives. Certain memories stick like Velcro, and all it takes is a particular angle of wind, a certain tone of voice, or a specific combination of smells, and we’re reliving that moment.

Dr. Ashish Ranpura says we remember “because the connections between our...

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Letters to My Daughter: Sideways appetites bodyneutral letterstomydaughter messacceptance Sep 14, 2022

Dear D,

I can’t stop thinking about a conversation we had yesterday morning as we ate breakfast on the back patio under a smoky sky. You had just bounded back from the garden where you had been harvesting, filling your skirt with the abundance of the tomato row. When you got back to the table, you held up a tomato and exclaimed,...

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Hope: It Is The Middle That Counts The Most faith fixed mindset hope love patience Sep 13, 2022

I have been contemplating what it means to be “hopeful” the last few days. Where does hope dwell? How does one accumulate more hope? This stems from a wedding I attended last week. Two of my spouse’s former students married each other, and it was a place where hope felt palpable in the air.

During the ceremony, the mother of...

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Letters to My Daughter: Messy connection healing letterstomydaughter motherdaughter wildandbrutifullife Sep 12, 2022

Dear D,

This morning you woke early and came downstairs. I was sitting at the dining room table with my coffee (luckily not full!) and laptop tucked in amongst some partially finished coloring pages and an interrupted game of Genius Square.  

We reached out, like we do every morning, to give each other a hug before heading to the kitchen...

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Celebrating the Art of Diane-Blair Goodpasture Sep 06, 2022

This week Religion for Her is featuring the art of Diane-Blair Goodpasture (www.goodpastureart.com) who has crafted an entire series of works featuring biblical women. This week's social media posts will showcase some of Diane-Blair's pieces from the series. 

As a way to introduce her as an artist to the Religion for Her community,...

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New Course: Embodiment is Found in the Stillness! be still embodied life embodiment journey mind body connection mindset old testament Aug 30, 2022

Exciting news! I have created a 6 session course entitled “Embodiment is Found in the Stillness.” Five of the sessions are audio recordings and one session is a video of the three Religion for Her co-founders discussing embodiment. There is a detailed workbook with reflective questions included with the course. 

Premise of the...

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Living an Authentic Life Requires Action: A Reflection on Mother Teresa’s Calling abrahamic religions authentic life calling higher meaning mother teresa passion purpose Aug 22, 2022

My husband decided Tuesday night at ten o’clock was the opportune time to passionately relay a familiar epiphany to me. He wanted to volunteer monthly in an orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico, about forty minutes from our home in San Diego, CA. Over the years he has traveled across the border multiple times (he is Mexican-American and has family...

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An Interlude for Joy joy practicejoy trauma-informed Aug 16, 2022

Reflecting on how biblical literature is trauma-infused, and building our capacity to hold space for the variety of trauma wounding likely present in a room full of people gathering around scripture—these can be rather intense endeavors.

Today I invite you to an interlude for joy; a pause between installments in the “Trauma-informed...

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Trauma-informed Engagement with Scripture, Part 2 curiosityandconnection emotionsasbondingagents processingtrauma timelessquestions trauma-informed Aug 10, 2022

“Trauma is something that touches every human being in one way or another.” This is the statement with which I started my first post in this series, and I want to unpack that statement a bit before continuing the series with posts exploring various interpretive lenses that can support trauma-informed engagement with scripture.

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Letters to My Daughter: Wishes commonhumanity letterstomydaughter wishes Aug 09, 2022

Dear D,

This weekend I found myself tucked in amidst people from around the world on a narrow bridge, all of us leaning over the concrete rail to catch the best glimpse possible of the world-famous Multnomah Falls. I’ve been stopping here every chance I get for years, breaking up the long drive through the Columbia Gorge to skip up the...

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