Dee Dee Risher is author of the forthcoming book The Soulmaking Room (Upper Room Books, 2016).
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From the Archives: March-April 1996
This article originally appeared in the March-April 1996 issue of Sojourners. Read the full article in the archives.
THE POLITICAL leaders in place at this time are constructing social policy and vision that is fundamentally destructive of human life and well-being, particularly of those most marginalized by our governmental system. ... We must each choose the moment we step out of the line and take the consequences. ...
What Comes After Dreams?
I never expected to be here—unsettled, sometimes looking over my shoulder at so many precious and lost moments. I expected to always look forward, always be moving somewhere. I yearn for some fruition of my dreams: a time when racism and the earth are healed, when every child is loved to his or her full potential in every way, when my lover and best friend never doubts his beauty, when I am the person on this earth whom I long to be. I long for the certainty that my children possess—that they will save the frogs.
I did not choose these dreams of mine. They were given to me. I’m sure of it. The Spirit beckoned them, whispering: “Dee Dee, this is part of my vocation for you. Strive to make these dreams a reality. I will go with you.” And with that God-inspired passion at my back, I plunged ahead, doing my best to be faithful to what was asked. Truth be told, I expected to bring at least one dream to fruition—given all the heart that I was willing to pour in and all the need and the rightness of the causes.
Thrilled at Last to Be Thrilled to Vote
The Stumbling Block of Healing
We pray for God's miraculous intervention. So why are we surprised when it comes?
When the Sago mine explosion trapped 13 West Virginia miners 250 feet below ground in January, I was deep into Kettle Bottom, a stunning collection of poetry by Diane Gilliam Fisher that i
A Clarion of Justice
For 40 years, The Other Side offered a vision of 'justice rooted in discipleship.'
Faith and Crab Pots
The political leaders in place at this time are constructing social policy and vision that is fundamentally destructive of human life and well-being, particularly of those most marginalized by our governmental system.