The earth, the sacred and unholy in Styrofoam, and sunsets

For Earth Day 2018, I stood underneath an unusually cold sky in Richmond, Virginia and debated the sacredness of polystyrene foam. We also watched the sunset, clocked the International Space Station flyover, and read an obligatory Wendell Berry poem. But what I remember most is this discussion on possibly my least favorite object in the... Continue Reading →

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Happy International Womxn’s Day!

Dedicated to all womxn*, but in particular, transwomen, migrant womxn, mothers, and every woman dreaming of, calling for, and creating better lives for her and her family, biological or chosen. There are more womxn than men on earth. On average we work longer, drain ourselves more emotionally, and receive absurdly less pay. We encounter street harassment, glass... Continue Reading →

Is there enough time?

I have always felt I never have enough time. In high school and university, I surrounded myself with many groups and activities (too many). My constant state was busyness, and I enjoyed always having something to do (and an ambitious part of me loved the chance to excel in school and do many other good... Continue Reading →

A Year Lived Abroad

above: On Tuesday night, the Scotland WNT and the USWNT  (football = soccer) played in Glasgow. This past week included my 365th day living outside the United States. Travel and the opportunity to move in the world is a huge privilege. My parents gifted me with experiences of different places and cultures from a young... Continue Reading →

Defining “local”

above: North Motherwell Parish Church In many of my academic and extracurricular activities in college, the word local dominated conversations. For many organizations and projects, wide consensus states that projects, particularly cultural, economic, and social development projects should be local-focused and local-led. There are a variety of reasons for this including empowerment of individuals involved... Continue Reading →

A Drop in the Bucket

When I onboarded into the YAV program, there was a degree of ambiguity surrounding what my work would look like this year. This is designed by the program to shift focus away from outsider-centered giving and encourage flexibility. Cross-cultural mission is only one of the YAV tenets; simple living, intentional Christian community, vocational discernment, and... Continue Reading →

Trains and Lots of Tea

Two weeks ago this week, my flatmates and I stepped off our plane at Glasgow International Airport excited, disoriented from orientation, nervous, sleep-deprived, and frozen from excessive air conditioning. In the past two weeks, our site coordinator, Lynn, and our placement supervisors have shown us around Glasgow, our neighborhood, and our parishes. Everywhere we go,... Continue Reading →

On Naps and Unmooring

Tomorrow I leave for a week of Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) training with the Presbyterian Church USA. Following this training, my Glasgow cohort will travel together to Scotland and begin our YAV year. As you might imagine, I am all emotions at once. My most dominant emotion for me currently is need of a nap.... Continue Reading →

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