One of my favorite Bible verses is 1st Corinthians 13:13 (chapter and verse): "Faith, hope, love, these three, but the greatest of these is love." Back when my religious beliefs were far more rigid, I mostly applied these concepts in a religious sense. As I've been graced to live, I have realized that those words [...]
A year ago this week, a fellow #PDAProtégé and I flew to Dallas to be with our mentor turned friend Dr. Pamela D. Anthony. We wanted to spend time with our friend as she battled an illness that would ultimately take her from us. What we didn’t know was that our visit would be the [...]
I am a fat-bodied Black woman. I literally take up space. My Blackness, gender, and the intersection of the two take up space that is often denied to me in physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual spaces. The White supremacist, patriarchal society that I and other Black women exist within expects us to take up as [...]
I come from a long line of Black Christian women whose faith got them through and embolden them to be courageous in the face of systemic oppression and personal challenges. I’m aware of the ways that Christianity has been (and continues to be) weaponized against people with varying faith and thought traditions, races, genders, and sexualities. Because of those histories and contexts, I share my faith within the context of it being mine alone and not the way others, even within Christian traditions, experience faith, spirituality, and meaning making.