Yesterday I turned 29. It is a birthday that can often be discarded. It is the last of your 20s, but it is not 30. I, however, was not going to let this be just a blah birthday. I planned a full weekend of activities that kicked off with a cooking class with my mom, [...]
Category: Religion & Spirituality
My First Pastors
It is Lenten season. To my knowledge this is the first time I have been intentional in this season. I have some friends that are holding me accountable. I have enrolled in an online bible study course with Trinity United Church of Christ. I have been praying for some specific things during this time. One [...]
It’s Okay to Pray…AND Go to Counseling.
"It's Okay to Pray...AND Go to Counseling." It's a debate that I find myself having every few months with my (very Christian, very southern) Black family. Any conversation about mental health and healing in my family usually ends with the age-old adage, just pray about it. Or, "you can't pray and worry, so which one [...]
Check out #CiteASista Co-Founder Joan on Breaking Up White Jesus via #UnfitChristian
In her post, Dr. Collier writes: GOD DOESN’T NEED US TO BE GATEKEEPERS I’m frustrated (and disappointed) by the homophobia, anti-Blackness, white supremacy, sexism, patriarchy, wreckless masculinity, classism, and shaming guised as God’s word and work. My righteous indignation burns for churches and Christians who proclaim a savior that liberates the imprisoned, but who turn [...]
Faith | Hope | Love
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 [...]
Welcome to Religion and Spirituality
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.