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political reflections theology

imagine, dream, hope

I am teaching Ethics this semester. We are discussing equality and discrimination this week. I couldn’t have planned in advance that on Tuesday of this week, Derek Chauvin’s jury would reach their verdict, and as we were awaiting the verdict, Ma’Khia Bryant, who was 16 years old, was killed by police before the announcement of […]

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academic PhD Life reflections work

the gift of pausing

On weekends, sometimes just Sunday some times Saturday and Sunday, I take a break from writing my dissertation. When you have been writing and thinking about something, in my case theology of traumatic affect, taking a break from it feels so strange! I started taking weekends off from writing when I noticed I was not […]

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faith god PhD Life reflections

what is a Christmas feeling?

Christmas doesn’t feel much like Christmas-y this year. But what was the Christmas feeling I was expecting? In past years I have spent Thanksgiving with my family. Then for Christmas and New Years I would just carry on with my life whether it was being a chaplain or pastoring. But this year, of course I […]

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health love weight loss

getting healthy and self love

Getting healthy takes time and effort. But it wasn’t until I loved myself and cared about myself that I started losing weight and keeping it off. I used to go on a diet looking forward to eating things I was depriving myself in order to lose weight. But I don’t do diets any more. I […]

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anxiety coping skills fear PhD Life weight loss

overcoming obstacles about running

A week ago, I ran 5 miles for the first time ever in my life! I am not sure whether I had a physical or mental block, but I haven’t been able to run since the 5 mile run a week ago. It seemed too hard. I felt too sore. I felt too weak. I […]