My Place in the Empire

Last night, I read a well-crafted article by my friend Kaitlin, who frequently writes for Sojourners. Her article, an important read for any person of privilege wanting to learn how to be an ally to indigenous people and people of color, walks a delicate line between listening to our historically (and presently) oppressed sisters and […]

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Home 

When I was 11 years old, my family and I left our home with tears in our eyes and precious memories in our hearts.  The year before we left Brazil, World Cup ‘94 provided us all with a perfect final year there –  watching the beautiful game with beloved friends, crying together when Leonardo was […]

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Seven

Seven years ago, I started sarainrealife as an experiment in living generously. I stopped eating out, cut my grocery fund in half and lived on rice and beans type basics for one year, giving away the other half of grocery money and the funds I would have spent on eating out, to different charities each […]

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Remember

Remember, you are dust and to dust you shall return. These are the words most commonly spoken at Ash Wednesday services, services of reflection and turning inward; opportunities for us to look upon our lives as finite gifts which will end one day, and to remember the dust from whence we came and to which […]

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Come and See

Today’s sermon from John 1: 43 – 51 … This weekend, I had the remarkable experience of watching The Greatest Showman, based on the story of P.T. Barnum. The movie drew me in from the beginning, and the unfolding story on the screen had all the hallmarks of a powerful narrative: loss, love, hardship, and […]

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Walking in the Light

Tomorrow’s sermon from Isaiah 60:1-6 I’ve decided to read more this year, and have started the new year off with reading cooking memoirs, in hopes that in the stories the world’s best chefs have written for me about their lives spent cooking and learning, that I, too, will learn something and become a better, more […]

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