Laura Beth’s Blog

Consider a Gift – We have work to do

Consider a Gift – We have work to do

Dear Fellow Sojourners, As we approach the end of 2016 and look forward to all that 2017 has in store, I just wanted to take a moment to say thanks. Your support and encouragement have made this an unforgettable year.      I am also asking you consider offering a final gift to Sophia Sojourn for 2016.  Immediate needs include travel expenses, book inventory, upcoming renewals of web sites, etc. Any gift of any amount will help offset those costs….

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Giving (and Receiving)

Giving (and Receiving)

Thanksgiving Thursday…Black Friday…Small Business Saturday…Cyber Monday…and then, finally…Giving Tuesday. I don’t know about you but just as much as the consumerism of the weekend gets under my skin, the guilt of not being able to give as much as I would like a kick in the gut that takes what little wind I had left out of me. Giving is hard. Giving when you literally have nothing to give is even harder. My upbringing in the church is yelling loudly…

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7 Things I’m Learning From a Pastor Who Cared Enough to Learn 7 Things About Me

7 Things I’m Learning From a Pastor Who Cared Enough to Learn 7 Things About Me

Note: I’ve been holding off posting this. A question has been eating at me in light of our current cultural climate here in the US: Is this really the time for a white person to honor and elevate other white people? Left with that criteria alone, I kept coming up with a resounding “No”! I actually tried to remove the ethnic labels completely, but it watered down my actual experience. This article isn’t just about ethnicity, it is about recognizing my…

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I can’t do purple

I can’t do purple

I love you, all of you. But I can’t do purple. We are one nation. It was true before the election. It’s still true and it will continue to be true (unless Texas makes good on threats to secede). I would desire nothing different. “One nation” is a good thing. There may be some fronts on which we are united. Although sitting here at the moment I can’t exactly think of any. We may agree on the evils of slavery,…

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One God, One People

One God, One People

I just read an article in the Washington Post about the conflicts between Christian religious sects over territorial and sacramental claims concerning a The Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Ironically, as the article points out, the gate and key keepers of the church since the 12th century have been two muslim families – assigned to the task to help keep the peace among the Christians. I also read another Post article about Jen Hatmaker, Lifeway Christian stores and the backlash over…

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The Beauty Behind Gender

The Beauty Behind Gender

Today is Intersex Awareness Day. For most people in the world that’s a nice side note. Like seeing a car rally with a few random people driving a make and model of a car you’ve never seen before. It’s interesting and novel, but not incredibly relevant to you. For some of us, it’s a day to reflect on a piece of reality that lies beneath the very foundation of our existence. We are incredibly aware of the 5 biological markers…

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Faces and Spaces

Faces and Spaces

There is a table next to a wall in a large conference room covered in candles and sitting beneath the names of the shooting victims from Pulse in Orlando. My friend, Corie, had just the day before held back the emotion still sitting just beneath the surface of her vibrant heart as she recalled her days in Orlando working at Pulse. Time Magazine ran an article putting a national spotlight on Intervarsity Christian Fellowship’s “purge” of LGBTQ affirming staff. The…

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The Unruining

The Unruining

There was a quiet buzz emanating from an oddly sacred hall. I sat on a table with my ankle bared and laid in the hands of a talented stranger having asked him to leave a lasting mark. “Unruined” No longer ruined. Even in the months after the ink had healed, I contemplated all the ways the statement represented truth to me. I was ruined in my own mind by abuse and divorce and business failures and physical short-comings and mental…

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Redeeming Details

Redeeming Details

“Details are not my forte.” “I’m a big-picture person.” “Abstract concepts are my thing; let me have the ideas and people with other talents can worry about the details.” All are statements I have heard people make about themselves, I have had made about me, and I have made about myself. Each one of them are little more than a positive spin on a dirty little secret: details are my nemesis. They scare me. They elude me. They pop up…

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A Rocking Fundraiser!!

A Rocking Fundraiser!!

All through my life, my parents have been a valuable part of my journey. That didn’t change when I began this process of affirmation. While we don’t agree on many things – from politics to theology – we are able to focus on the things we still share. Things like a love of life, compassion, and desire to grow in our passion for God and all that is God’s. We can agree without question that “All God’s Children Have a…

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