The Common Good

Melissa Otterbein

Melissa Otterbein is a research assistant at a Baltimore City HIV/AIDS clinic and blogs at melissaotterbein.wordpress.com.

Blog Posts by Melissa Otterbein

Posted by Melissa Otterbein 1 week 2 days ago
Throughout my past eight years of engaging in social justice, I’ve been drawn to people who have uncanny ideas. Ideas that peace and unity can exist. Dreams that Heaven can indeed be experienced on...
Posted by Melissa Otterbein 1 week 3 days ago
It snuck up this year, as though I’d almost forgotten about it until I saw friends in another time zone posting Mardi Gras pictures. Mardi Gras is this week? I thought. That means Lent begins this...
Posted by Melissa Otterbein 1 year 6 hours ago
Even the winter won’t last forever. We’ll see the morning, we’ll feel the sun.We’ll wake up in April, ready and able, Sowing the seeds in the soil.Even the darkness cannot disarm us. We’ll see the...
Posted by Melissa Otterbein 1 year 52 weeks ago
“What? What happened?” My co-worker asked, sensing the solemn look on my face.“Another patient died,” I reported. Grief and thick silence hang in the air as I thought back to the last time I saw this...
Posted by Melissa Otterbein 2 years 1 week ago
I’ve often heard that Lent is a season of slowing down. Of drawing closer to God, to others, to the wide open world around us. A time for spiritual reflection and inner examination. An opportunity to...