Many hours of traveling later, I’m back in the states, and it all feels a little surreal, being back in San Francisco again. I knew transitioning would be difficult, I know culture shock is real, and that there’s nothing that can really prepare you for leaving one place and arriving in another.
Bringing back an old blog post from nearly a year ago, because it still rings so very true, and is still so painfully relevant, especially as I’m realizing that I only have a few more weeks left here in London.
Yesterday afternoon I arrived here on Bradwell-on-sea (In England, everything is named quite literally) for a weekend spiritual retreat. And let me tell you, England beaches are the absolute dream.
As I’m just getting started in my studies as a community art major, I’m really interested in thinking about what is considered art, especially who gets to determine what is “worth” spending our time looking at.
Walking into a new, unfamiliar church can be intimidating, even for Christians that have done it dozens of times. So often when I walk into a church, I don’t know what to say or how to act or how to even just breathe in the new space, really.
I’m sitting here eating comfort food, peanut butter banana toast, in the midst of my second week in East London, and I’m realizing that this learning by experience thing requires a lot more vulnerability than I initially thought it would. Continue reading “Our shared humanness: where Christianity and Islam meet”
Walking through West London today made me fall in love even more with humans – the way we take in and enjoy art, how different each of our physical appearances are, all the scruffy beards and deep set eyes and wide smiles. Continue reading “It will get better, it already has”
I hope this is an honest space. I’ve spent too much of my life being dishonest about how I’m doing, and have no more patience for it. It’s exhausting. It’s hindering for growth.
I hardly ever receive visual images from God, but prayer walking through Shadwell today, all I could see were purple drapes of royalty hanging from every flat. Continue reading “Ordinary people wearing crowns”
One of the most important aspects of doing incarnational ministry includes becoming familiar with a particular community’s history as well as its social and religious context. Continue reading “A posture of learning”