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My life as a minister, mentor, writer, budding Hebrew Bible scholar, and global leader

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Drip. Drop.

Drip. Drop.

If you’ve ever owned a home, you know the damage that can be done by a slow leak. According to the EPA, the average household leak amounts to roughly 10,000 gallons of water per year. While the drops that come from a slow leak don’t look like much, over time they make a sizeable impact. leaky_faucetGiven enough time, water even in small amounts, wears away hard stoney surfaces. This is the process of erosion. When given space and time, steady drops of water cause rock to change shape.

There are times when the work that we do, the effort that we give, the ministry that we engage in feels like small drips in a big bucket. Continue Reading

Commissioning STARS

I had the privilege of visiting Mrs. Kessler’s 4th grade class at Patuxent Elementary School for Career Day last week. After checking in at the media center and enjoying a turkey sandwich, I was escorted to the classroom by my safety patrol hostess (who is also my goddaughter). I arrived in the classroom at the end of the previous speaker’s presentation.Sweat

The temps that day had reached the upper 80’s and the air conditioner was broken. Continue Reading

Unclogging the Leadership Pipeline

Yesterday, a small group of influential women descended on Capitol Hill to encourage Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to bring Loretta Lynch’s nomination for Attorney General to the full senate floor for a vote. Despite meeting all of the requirements, being highly-qualified and possessing an impeccable service record, the vote to confirm Lynch’s nomination has been postponed in light of competing priorities on the Senate’s agenda. President Obama nominated Lynch in November to replace Eric Holder following his resignation. Four months later, Lynch sits in limbo awaiting resolution of a budget debate.


Resistance and delay are not new to women of color who receive presidential nominations. Continue Reading

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