Leading for Diversity and Inclusion

May 14, 2019By Guest ContributorArticle

James 2:8-9, “If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself,’ you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.” Centuries ago there were two particular travelers on a dangerous road. Seeing a person needing help, there was the … Read More

Making Grace Functional in The Workplace

May 7, 2019By Guest ContributorArticle

Proverbs 25:11 “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.” The question that underlies my work is one Max De Pree presented to his executive committee: What would grace enable the organization to become? It seems like an odd question in a capitalist system. I claim it is absolutely … Read More

Lost Art of Community: Welcome One Another

April 30, 2019By Guest ContributorArticle

Romans 15:7, “Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” What would it be like if you’d never been welcomed by anyone?  I imagine it’s like being seized and bound by great sorrow. Joseph Merrick knew what it’s like. Born in England in 1862, Merrick became known in … Read More

Esther: The Activist

March 12, 2019By Guest ContributorArticle

Out of the tribe of Benjamin, forcefully living under the empire of Babylon, there was a certain young woman. She was not your average person. She could have been written off as a statistic with low chances of success. She was an ethnic minority, an orphan, and a female in a male-dominant society. Her name … Read More

Lydia: The Innovator

March 5, 2019By Guest ContributorArticle

When I think of Lydia in Acts 16:6-15, I often picture her as a hard-working Nicaraguan woman. Driving with my parents through the Nicaraguan countryside as a little girl, I would often take in the sights and sounds of my tropical country out my window. A typical vignette that captured my attention was the sweat … Read More

Below the Glass Ceiling

March 1, 2019By Guest ContributorArticle

I have a weird super power. I don’t like it, but I sometimes disappear. It’s not like a magic trick with stage lights and misdirection of the eye. It happens in the most casual and usual circumstances. I remember when I was in film school in college during my sophomore year, and it was finally … Read More

Where Do You Find Your Value?

February 19, 2019By Guest ContributorArticle

Born with cerebral palsy, I am a disabled woman with serious shame about my inability to work and be a productive member of society. This personal shame has often led me to question my value in the eyes of God. Am I only valuable to the kingdom of God because of the work I can … Read More

Disability and Work

January 24, 2019By Guest ContributorArticle

“I have all this wisdom, knowledge, and skill—but I can’t use it.” This was the first thing Louis Jones said to me when we sat down to “officially” talk about the intersection of disability and work. Truthfully though, this topic comes up in one way or another in pretty much every conversation we have. Louis … Read More

Mary: The Risk-Taker

December 20, 2018By Guest ContributorArticle

Mothers know what sacrifice means. No one else in 
this world is asked to give of themselves more wholly to another person than a mother. She gives her body, time, autonomy, attention, food, energy, and life to this little baby being. And after a few short years, she is asked to let go of the … Read More

Overcoming the Barriers to an Inclusive Organization

November 19, 2018By Guest ContributorArticle

Near the start of his ministry, Jesus proclaimed at the synagogue in Nazareth that he was the one, foretold in Isaiah 61, who would set the oppressed free (Luke 4:14-28). In doing so, Jesus announced that a central aim of his ministry would be leveling social hierarchies in which some people were favored over others. … Read More