April 8, 2016

The Woman Who Built a Soulmaking Room

By Upper Room Books
The Soulmaking Room

The Soulmaking Room by Dee Dee Risher

By Dee Dee Risher

This article was originally posted at and is used by permission.

The Bible comes to us out of a patriarchal culture. At the same time, I believe firmly that the hand of the Spirit of God shaped what was recorded, however troubling or puzzling; however, these recordings may reflect the dynamics of oppression in this world rather than the creative liberation I feel is core to the reign of God. I hold these two realities in tension.

Because of this conviction, I pay constant attention to the stories of women who do break into scripture. Most of them are, predictably, relegated to the margins. They can appear sidekicks to the “real” stories of the (male) prophets, kings, patriarchs, warriors, and holy men. Yet hidden precisely within these “narratives of the margins” are the rankling questions that upset the power structures and interrogate our assumptions about God. … read

November 19, 2015

We Gather Together for More Than Food

By Evelyn Bence

RECIPE: Chicken- or Turkey-Corn Soup

In his 1989 presidential farewell address, Ronald Reagan challenged listeners to gather together to eat and converse: “All great change in America begins at the dinner table,” he said. “So, tomorrow night in the kitchen I hope the talking begins.” He overstated his case, of course; turnabouts can take place in a conference room or voting booth, at a school desk or an altar rail. … read

September 25, 2015

Our Interfaith Bible Study

By Cecilia Maciel-Ortega

Cecial Maciel image 1As a student at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tennessee, I never thought I would encounter such diversity. Not only is there racial diversity, but also religious. Though Martin is a Methodist school, it does not mean that only Christians attend. There are several religious life clubs and small groups, but La Conexion is unlike any other organization on campus.

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March 2, 2015

Beyond Skin Color

By Upper Room Books
Jefferson Furtado

Jefferson Furtado

Living in a culture outside your own can be a fantastic and frightening experience. Through the past 14 years that I have lived in the United States, I have experienced both acceptances and rejection, inclusion and exclusion, love and pain, connection and disconnection. The person I am today was born through a long journey of self-discovery.

I am Brazilian but live away from home. I am American, but not North American. I am black, but not an African-American. I am Latino, but not Hispanic. So, the guiding question throughout my journey became, How do I honor my heritage while adapting to this new world? … read

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