Shadowing Pádraig Ó Tuama: We Need More Villains in Our Stories

Shadowing Pádraig Ó Tuama: We Need More Villains in Our Stories

“We need more villains in our stories.” I hear Pádraig’s words as a challenge to listen to how we tell stories. More specifically, how we scapegoat in the way we tell stories.

The Story We’re All Yearning to Tell

The Story We’re All Yearning to Tell

I think part of what this reveals is that we are all moving through life yearning to be true, authentic, and vulnerable with each other. We want desperately to show our true selves to each other. To have our pain and our pride, our vulnerability and our victories, seen and heard—even by total strangers. We have stories we don’t want to keep inside. 

The Revolution Will Not Be Romanticized

The Revolution Will Not Be Romanticized

This conversation illuminated an increasingly noticeable pattern, especially among my peers: put simply, the more we get “radicalized,” the more we’re tempted to romanticize. This is particularly pronounced in the work of advocacy and solidarity. We sometimes seem to think that to be true advocates we must believe rosy stories of those we work with or for.

Tenx9 Nashville Podcast: Interview

Tenx9 Nashville Podcast: Interview

As you may know, I’m the founder and curator of Tenx9 Nashville, a Belfast-originated monthly community storytelling night where 9 people have up to ten minutes each to tell a real story from their lives. It’s been going on here in town since September 2013, and this summer, we finally got around to launching a […]

Gospel Rewrite: Jesus and the Death Penalty

Gospel Rewrite: Jesus and the Death Penalty

Placing her in the center of the group, 4 they said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of committing adultery. 5 In the Law, Moses commanded us to stone women like this. What do you say?”

Thank God for Lisa: A Story of Why I’m Affirming

Thank God for Lisa: A Story of Why I’m Affirming

As I became friends with Pádraig and Paul … I recognized something that I knew well from my own life—love. Genuine love. I watched the way they touched each other’s faces and hands with tenderness, said each other’s names with affection, missed each other when the other was away—and I knew exactly what all that felt like. I no longer saw what difference it made if it were for someone of the same sex.

They are Muslim, We are Christian

They are Muslim, We are Christian

Reposting a story I wrote for OnFaith on dining in the home of Palestinian Muslims, originally published April 3, 2017. As we prepare to step inside their home, a friend says, “It is a different world in there.”  They are Muslim, and we are Christian. We come from white American privilege, and they from the poverty […]

New Book Available

New Book Available

Cascade Books has just released my new book Where the River Bends: Considering Forgiveness in the Lives of Prisoners, with a foreword by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Synopsis: Myriad works discuss forgiveness, but few address it in the prison context. For most people, prisoners exist “out of sight and out of mind.” Their […]

My Travel Through Instagram: Recapping the Last Two Months in Israel-Palestine, Ireland, and South Africa

My Travel Through Instagram: Recapping the Last Two Months in Israel-Palestine, Ireland, and South Africa

My international travel is drawing to an end, and I thought it might be helpful for those who follow the blog but do not have access to Instagram to see an overview of my Instagram posts and stories. Here are some highlights from each location. ISRAEL-PALESTINE August 7, 2015 Their bodies arose early so their […]

Creating Painful Space Inside Ourselves: Thoughts on Wombs and Compassion

Creating Painful Space Inside Ourselves: Thoughts on Wombs and Compassion

This piece was originally published on the Tokens Show Blog on Sept 17, 2015.  I am not a mother. This must be clear as I begin writing thoughts that involve wombs: I don’t have one and never will. I never spent much time thinking about wombs. I suppose the word has most often conjured up […]