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Achilles

Shose Otiendo (Sheila)Shose is a champion for social justice, a motivational speaker, a worship leader, singer/songwriter whose vocational goal is to build tools and curricula for community transformation. She is a proud Kenyan and the co-founder of an ecumenical worship movement known as Praise Avenue. A full time minister for the last six years, Shose has spent much of her life in the church. Her interests in sustainable development and church and community collaboration, coupled with her love for international engagement, brings a global viewpoint to the seminary experience.

[Shose offers a chilling story of anger, rage, and how one decision to offer grace at the height of a violent situation changed her life forever. *This post has some triggers of violence and domestic abuse. Please be advised.*]

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The 15th Day of September

AllysonAllyson was born into a family of seminarians; her grandfather, father, and mother are all seminary trained pastors in the Holiness denomination. Church, however, was never a place of worship for her — it was “go to work with your parents” every week. Filled with rebellion and theological questions, Allyson finally found her way to seminary — but entered with anger and resentment towards God for sending her. It was her time in seminary where she used her pain and passion about sexuality to develop a loving relationship with God. 

[*warning: this blog post discusses topics that may serve as triggers for some people. Please read with caution*]

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When the Rubber Meets The Road: A Story of Compassion

Alisha L. GordonAlisha L. Gordon is a writer, social media maven, and published author. A second year student at The Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Alisha’s work has focused on fusing faith and culture together to help people better understand how our faith can help shape the community at large. A former high school English teacher, Alisha uses teaching to help further the discussion of building the bridge between the Church and community. Follow her on Twitter or like her page on Facebook!

[See her story on how compassion was the catalyst for mending a broken relationship with her father below.] Continue reading

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