Catching you up and pieces on Gay Marriage and Lament for the Dead

I've not updated this space much this summer. 

As you may or may not recall, I don't think of this as (or treat this as) a blog but more of a semi-static place that people can come to find more of what I've written. And a place for those who follow my work (and if you do, thank you, I'm grateful to you) to hear when I've published something somewhere.  

But that being said, I've published twice and haven't updated you here. It's been a weird summer. Family in the hospital. Traveling. Floods in Texas. House repair. Weird. And busy. 

I am still working on a longer project that I'm looking forward to posting about soon. 

But, in the meantime, in June, I wrote a piece for The Well that laid down ground rules for discussion after the Supreme Court decision on Gay Marriage.  After the Court's decision, as a writer, I felt a kind of pressure to write on it-- it was such a monumental moment for the church and the culture. Yet, the rush to speak made me uncomfortable. This was my attempt to back up, slow down, and engage more deliberately in the conversation. I am so grateful for the feedback I received on this piece--from people across the political and ideological spectrum. You can read it here.

I was really privileged to take part in a poetry project this summer called Lament for the Dead, where poets and writers joined together to write a poem for each person killed by police and each law officer killed in the line of duty this summer. You can read more about the project here.  I was assigned a name on July 6 and had to turn in a poem by that evening. It was an intense and moving experience for me. The man I was assigned, a young man in his twenties who apparently suffered from mental illness, lived near me and I still think of him often.  We were assigned subjects at random so it was remarkable that I was paired with someone around me. Remarkable and unforgettable. You can read it here