Let me brag on my huge, supportive family

We will always be there for each other at a moment’s notice, and we will always welcome others into our family when they need a place to belong.

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The beauty of the sacramental Church

Every Sunday, I am reminded of Christ’s love for me through the Body, broken for the forgiveness of sins. In the bitterness of the wine, I taste his agony in his blood shed for me.

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Calling out America’s idolatry of work & the need for rest

Yes, we value hard work as Americans, but is it possible we value work TOO much?

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The Christian faith, exemplified by Saint Vincent

“We must love our neighbor as being made in the image of God and as an object of His love.” -St. Vincent de Paul

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This week is racial equity week in Chicagoland

Want to be involved in this week’s racial equity events? Here’s how!

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Intersected | What is equity?

Hey folks, Intersected has grown large enough to merit its own site! We have transitioned over to our new website, intersectedproject.org! If you were following my personal blog here for the sake of that racial equity project, please join us over there as well! I’ll wait. You can look us up there and subscribe. 😉 …

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Intersected | Chicago, a house divided

By Sophia Porter Growing up, I came to know two cities less than 1.5 miles apart. I spent every summer of high school at a desk in an apartment building on 45th St. & Greenwood Ave. The garden unit served as the site office for my parents’ business. My parents develop and manage affordable housing…

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Intersected | I, too, am justice: Life as a disabled Latiné

When we fail to recognize that disability is integral to this ongoing conversation, we fail to come up with creative and effective preventative solutions.

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Intersected: life chances of Black African refugees in the U.S.

This week’s post focuses on the life chances of Black African refugees in the U.S., taking a look at the labor market, how knowledge of the English language plays in (you’ll be surprised!), and what an appropriate faith response might look like.

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The Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award

What an honor! Brendan Birth at Blind Injustice nominated this blog for the Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award because of this site’s racial equity project, Intersected. I highly recommend checking out the repost of his nomination and reading the other bloggers he mentioned who are doing similar work! He asked a few questions, which I will…

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A Blog Award: Repost from Blind Injustice

I am honored to be nominated by this fellow blogger and thankful to the Intersected team for producing such great content. To read Brendan’s original post and get connected to other blogs on racial equity, read on! During my two-week hiatus from blogging, I was nominated for the Ideal Inspiration Blog Award by Em at…

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Intersected: housing discrimination in Chicago

By Sophia Porter Over the past couple months, income inequality between Blacks and their white counterparts has been at the forefront of conversations about racial inequality on the national stage. The figures are staggering, prompting a myriad of questions. One that’s particularly close to my heart relates to housing. Can we fully take into account…

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Intersected: From food justice to veganism

Veganism and plant-based diets are often advertised as part of both a crunchy and upper class white lifestyle, but is this accurate? And is it even attainable if I want to eat more healthfully? Welcome to Intersected! I, Skye, eat very plant-based, and while I cannot claim to be vegan at this point, I have…

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Intersected: the summer of Black death

by MaLaysia Mitchell On January 20, 2020, the United States experienced its first confirmed Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) case. With it now being the beginning of July, the nation is still scrambling to attain some sense of normalcy and gain control over the pandemic.  As a health care worker, I have seen CDC recommendations and projected…

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Intersected: the great Black athlete

Why will fans root for athletes every week but question their experience as a Black person in their community?

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Intersected: Celebrating America’s real Independence Day

Juneteenth, America’s second and arguably more important Independence Day, takes place annually on June 19. Some of you have already hopped on the Juneteenth train and had a blast celebrating the Freedom Day this past weekend, but others of you may still be learning about it, and that’s why we’re here at Intersected today! Celebrations…

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Introducing a new project: ‘Intersected’

With the recent murder of George Floyd, race is on the front of many Americans minds. Protests have successfully created change, and new individuals are stepping into anti-racist work.  After 200-plus attempts, we are still trying to make lynching a federal crime, but racism is now being recognized as a public health concern in several…

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How to be anti-racist: a gracious guide

TLDR, tho this post is isn’t very long and is worth the read: It takes daily intentionality. ✊🏾✊🏽✊🏻

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Food for the soul | a recipe and activity

Skye’s Splendid Soup is best if set in multicultural bowls, with refugees and Congolese friends, and eaten with deeply thoughtful people. What’s your recipe??

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Maundy Thursday reflections: longing and hope

My heart is nearly broken with sorrow/ Remain here with me/ Stay awake and pray Tonight I shared in a remote Maundy Thursday service through the Anglican Diocese of the Upper Midwest’s Cathedral, which is sharing its social distanced Holy Week services with their many church plants due to COVID-19. Maundy Thursday is another name…

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You found WHAT in the library?!

Seven bizarre discoveries to make you smile during quarantine.

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God of justice, come again

“Endow the king with your justice, O God, the royal son with your righteousness. May he judge your people in righteousness, your afflicted ones with justice.”

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What my boyfriend taught me about God this month

Being in a relationship helps me understand God in new ways. As I understand my boyfriend better, I am stretched to be more patient, observant, and thoughtful. I also see God in him, not only in how he treats individuals but also in the ways his personality differs from mine, highlighting fresh aspects of God’s…

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Honestly, why should you support Chicago teachers?

Because they care about your children’s present needs and future opportunities. And they work their butts off to secure those things.

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Photos from the Garfield Park Conservatory

Today I visited the Garfield Park Conservatory on the Westside of Chicago. It’s one of the city’s gems, this free green space. Local workers take lunch breaks there, and others come from around the city to explore the beauty of the cacti, ferns, flowers, and gardens. The sounds of water streaming physically relaxed and grounded…

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Reposting from Intersected: Unshackling the juvenile justice system

It’s been 400 years, and there are still roughly two million Black bodies in shackles on American soil. Unshackling the juvenile justice system My good friend Sarah wrote an excellent piece on the juvenile justice system, describing the horrendous racism towards BIPOC youth while highlighting brand news ways Illinois is actually taking positive steps towards…

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