Best of 2018

Top Things I’m Glad I Read:

  • Everything Happens For a Reason (and Other Lies I’ve Loved) – Kate Bowler
  • Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Disenfranchised Grief: Recognizing Hidden Sorrow – Kenneth Doka
  • The Disabled God: Toward a Liberatory Theology of Disability – Nancy Eiseland
  • Christ on the Psych Ward – David Finegan-Hosey
  • Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body – Roxane Gay
  • A Grief Observed – C.S. Lewis
  • Many Servants: An Introduction to Deacons – Ormonde Plater
  • On Becoming a Person: A Therapist’s View of Psychotherapy – Carl Rogers
  • Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption – Bryan Stevenson
  • Dementia: Living in the Memories of God – John Swinton
  • From Brokenness to Community – Jean Vanier
  • Lament for a Son – Nicholas Wolterstorff

Top Things I’m Glad I Experienced:

  • Started my Master’s in Social Work
  • Worked as a chaplain intern at a psychiatric hospital and absolutely fell in love with it
  • Preached a real sermon for a real parish in a real pulpit for the first time
  • Marched in a Pride parade for the first time, helping to carry the banner of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina and share our hope to welcome all people with love and respect in Christ’s name
  • Voted in midterm elections for the first time
  • Traveled to the Pacific Northwest for the first time (Seattle, WA and Leavenworth, WA)
  • Visited someone in jail
  • Participated in peaceful protest and prayer vigils following the ICE detainment of a beloved community member
  • Served 30+ hours with Crisis Text Line before taking a much-needed self-care break from the crisis line (But seriously, if you or someone you know is ever experiencing an emotional crisis just text “hello” to 741-741 to chat with a trained crisis counselor)
  • Lived with a couple of my favorite roommates ever, laughed a lot, cried a little, prayed, lit candles, hosted parties, played in snow, and managed to cook meals that met my roommates’ vegetarian/gluten-free/sugar-free/dairy-free dietary restrictions (So if you ever need three-bean chili, okra & tomatoes gumbo, quinoa tacos, sweet potato & black bean quesadillas, and multiple kinds of salads…I’m your girl.)

2018 nudged me out of my comfort zone over and over again mentally, spiritually, socially, and emotionally. It was often overwhelming, frustrating, downright infuriating. Or invigorating, inspiring, and just plain… right. Sometimes¬†all the things all at once. I am grateful.


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