The Good Fight

To do for yourself the best that you have it in you to do – to grit your teeth and clench your fists in order to survive the world at its harshest and worst – is, by that very act, to be unable to let something be done for you and in you that is…

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Friends Are One Way

My 2023 has already been full of time spent with people I love and who love me. Long-time friends or new ones, they bring comfort and healing into my life. A funny meme. An encouraging text. A dinner in or a meetup for coffee out. Long conversations and walks at the park. I see more…

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Thank You, 2022

This year was surprisingly beautiful. And painful. I wouldn’t change it. I’ve learned more about God, myself, love, and relationships. I’m clear about my work in the world. I’ve experienced things I’ve dreamed about for a long time and I’m here telling you about it. That means I made it through the hard parts. And…

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Step Into the Light, Giant Church Inc

Great is the art of the beginning, but greater is the art of ending. —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Three years ago, I began telling my story of leaving Giant Church Incorporated. I could never have guessed what would come of that. I had the privilege of working with amazing people and organizations over the last few…

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God Is Not a Bully

This Monday School comes from a recent real school assignment. We were asked to give an example of how God’s character matches the tone and quality of his voice. This assignment came after a series of classes in which we learned how we image God, how he speaks to and transforms us; we dove deep…

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Hello, I’m Marie.

I am an essayist, student, speaker, and spiritual guide - in my spare time. Currently an accounting professional, I've always been a teacher and pastor at heart, so I'm making a change. I'm working toward an MDiv at Wesley Seminary and my MA in Christian Spiritual Formation and Leadership at Friends University. Several years ago, I went through a season of untangling my faith from man-made traditions and came to know Jesus in a new way. As I learn about the wide goodness of God, I guide others in their own spiritual formation, help them know themselves, and journey with them through the stages of faith. I'm wholeheartedly devoted to learning to live like it matters and encourage you to do the same.