The Girl Who Wanted to Be a Missionary

When I read Amy Lepine Peterson's post about her favorite childhood missionary book this week, I had to pull this book from my bookcase and dust it off. The Girl Who Wanted to be a Missionary was part of the Church of the Nazarene's Caravans program, which was sort of like Christian Boy/Girl scouts. It was also part of the Children's Mission Curriculum. The fact that I still have means it is pretty important. I remember it being one of my favorite books as a kid. I re-read the book last night. It…Read more …

On Faith and Feminism: Two Female Saints

Although the Faith Feminisms link-up officially ended on Friday, I wanted to write one last post about the intersection of faith and feminism. Since I was on vacation this week, I found it hard to find time for blogging. I mean, who wants to blog when the beach is calling to you? So, a bit late, here is my last #FaithFeminisms post. {Post 1: Rethinking Feminism} {Post 2: I Am a Feminist for My Family} A little over a year after we first began attending the Orthodox church, my husband, daughter, and I…Read more …

I Am a Feminist For My Family

Today I am linking up (again) with Faith Feminisms. Follow other posts on Twitter with the hashtag #FaithFeminisms. I am a feminist for my family. I am a feminist because: my daughter hears the words, "Don't ________ like a girl!" my son already gets told, "Be strong! Don't cry!" my daughter is already worried about how she looks. my son told his friend he was slow "like a girl." my daughter already feels like a failure sometimes. I am a feminist because we live in a world that tends to dictate both what…Read more …
Rethinking Feminism

Rethinking Feminism

This week I am linking up with Faith Feminisms, a weeklong "flash mob" of faith and feminism. Follow the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #faithfeminisms. I will also post on Thursday and Saturday of this week on the topic of feminism, so be sure to check back later in the week!¬† No one ever said the "F" word in the church when I was growing up. Even though I was a member of a church that ordained women, the word feminist carried a negative connotation. It seemed to be a word reserved…Read more …
Redefining Success – and Failure

Redefining Success – and Failure

A few weeks ago, my daughter had a difficult day. Her frustrations descended into what some might call "inappropriate behavior" in public, and when we got home, we sat down to talk about what was bothering her. I won't replicate the whole conversation here out of respect for my daughter, but what it came down to was this: Some things had happened that made her feel like a failure, ¬†like she's not good enough, like she's not loved or valued. My daughter sat at the kitchen table, sobs rocking her 9-year-old body, and…Read more …