Discovery

Who Am I?

Who Am I?

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10 NKJV I was the Executive Pastor at a local church for 5 years. I was grateful; I knew this was not something easily attained...

Liminality: The In-Between Space

Liminality: The In-Between Space

My natural bent would not have been to go to “in-between” spaces, where job descriptions are vague and the journey unmeasurable. Growing up in the United States as a child of immigrant parents, I straddled at least two cultures and languages. Identity formation...

God’s Persistent Love

God’s Persistent Love

When I was discerning what to do after seminary, the verse that recurred to me was “The steadfast love of the Lord endures forever.” I could not have received a more powerful word for what would come. As I interned and interviewed in different churches, sometimes I...

Church Planting with the Homeless

Church Planting with the Homeless

I started as a Community Liaison in Yonkers which opened many connections and showed the needs of our City. I saw how homelessness was rampant and as I met some of the population, I was moved to do more. It began with a closing of a shelter. From engaging in the...

FAITH, LOVE & HOPE

FAITH, LOVE & HOPE

We each experienced a refreshment in our reflections that offered an invitation to walk and move in faith, hope and love that is described, expressed and gifted below. May it offer you newness in your perspective and experience presently.

God’s Space for Our Transformation

God’s Space for Our Transformation

A liminal space—that in-between space of waiting, of not knowing, of presumed inactivity, expected to be short-lived! Most dread that liminal space. I, for one, who likes things organized, leaving nothing to chance, am mortally afraid of such spaces of uncertainty....

Believe Her

Believe Her

“I wasn’t taken seriously. ‘He wouldn’t do that!’ was the dismissive reply.”

These accounts have been rejected and dismissed for too long. The rise of Women’s Marches, the #MeToo Movement, and the #ChurchToo Movement are giving victims of sexual harassment and assault a platform to tell their stories, to be heard, and most importantly, to be believed.

Breaking Free From Fear

Breaking Free From Fear

On my 16th birthday, I burst into tears crying alone in my room because I thought I was a failure and hadn’t accomplished anything in my life. Now looking back, it seems ridiculous that I would feel that way at 16. However, the fear of failure can be a paralyzing...

WOW! Teaching 1 Timothy 2

WOW! Teaching 1 Timothy 2

WOW! Teaching on I Timothy 2 Let a woman learn quietly and with full submission [to God’s word]. I do not permit a woman to teach that she is the author of man.* Initially, my reaction to an exegetical treatment of this particular Biblical text was mixed.  It...

Women Positioned for God’s Purpose

Women Positioned for God’s Purpose

An excerpt from a speech shared by Cassandra Vaughan for 2016 Women’s Day at Mount Ollie Baptist Church in Brooklyn, NY. Our theme for Women’s Day is “Women Positioned for God’s Purpose.”  This theme should cause each of us to question: “Am I where God wants...