"Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can't remember who we are or why we're here.” 
Sue Monk Kidd

Stories that matter

I’m a racist & a hypocrite. My actions AND inactions have caused pain and perpetuated suffering.   God have mercy on me, a sinner. Friends, we must lament, repent, pray, learn, & act. I am not an important voice in anti racism (please elevate voices of BIPOC always) & I thought a lot about even sharing anything […]

God have mercy on me, a sinner.

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“The need is up by a lot right now, up by around 75%,” Spencer, a volunteer at West Suburban Community Pantry shared that he has been arriving at 5:45am to help with the extra need. He is the only one available from his usual shift group as the other volunteers are over 65 and in a higher […]

“We are truly a community”

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“Tunamshukuru Mungu.” We thank God. A friend messaged me this after sharing with me that her and her family are well.  We do thank God. In the midst- not just on the other side of the HARD.  I was thankful for this reminder today.  I am grateful for technology that enables me to connect with friends from […]

Tunamshukuru Mungu. We thank God.

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“We are not here to take. We are here to GIVE. I credit World Relief for helping my family in our time of need. I was a vulnerable refugee and I was shown what God’s love is all about. I believe there are no limits to how refugees & immigrants can grow.” -Mawi Asgedom I […]

“We are here to GIVE.”

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A Wider Family: Images on Volunteerism contains images very close to my heart because they were captured in partnership with organizations I care deeply about doing good & hard work in our world.  Our new normal due to the global pandemic has meant the Community House that is hosting the gallery has shut down for […]

Virtual tour of A Wider Family Gallery

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As Ms. Marion called the after school meeting  to order the young women began by grabbing an affirmation from the jar and then reading them outloud, “I don’t give up.” And the group answered, “Ashay.” “I stand strong.” And the group answered, “Ashay.” “I’m a boss.” And the group answered, “Ashay.” “I love myself.” And the […]

BeYOUtiful Empowerment Portraits

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The students gathered outside of an Econo Supermarket just outside of San Juan on a Saturday morning with pencils in hand ready to work in teams to plan a meal within their designated budget.  Mr. Erick Rios is the kind of teacher that draws his students in, as the students arrive they high five and hug him and […]

“We are so proud of these beans because they survived the hurricane. They are strong”

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This October I attended the first ever Joy & Justice Conference at the historical Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago. The year was chosen to reflect on 400 years of the Black experience in America. The location was carefully selected too not for it’s design but for it’s history and legacy. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahalia Jackson […]

Joy & Justice in Chicago

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“A makerspace is a place where students can gather to create, invent, tinker, explore and discover using a variety of tools,” Mrs. Johnson shared the vision of the Makerspace at J.T. Manning Elementary School surrounded by a green screen, bins of blocks, large wooden tools, and Ipads that are all part of the space.  She […]

create, invent, tinker, explore, & discover with Makerspace

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