The Common Good

Melissa Otterbein

Melissa Otterbein is a freelance writer of spirituality, social justice, and gender and has been featured on Religious News Service, Sojourner's God's Politics blog, Patheos, and the Baltimore Sun. She began her career in HIV research at Johns Hopkins University before joining the Global Health Corps as a Program Manager for The Grassroot Project, a Washington, DC non-profit that utilizes college athletes to provide HIV education in DC middle schools.

She is a triathlete and uses her races as a platform to advocate for women's full inclusion in the Tour de France. She is the founder of Letters to Future Sisters, a collection of letters from women across the world that shares stories of women's lives and dreams for future generations of women and girls.

She writes at melissaotterbein.wordpress.com and is on Twitter at @motterbein and @futuresisters.

Blog Posts by Melissa Otterbein

Posted by Melissa Otterbein 7 weeks 4 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 7 weeks 5 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 weeks 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 2 years 6 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 8 weeks 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...