Letting Go and Following Christ

Hi. My name is Anjala and I am an addict. These are the hardest words I have ever spoken or written.  I first spoke these words for the first time just over 7-years-ago at my first 12-step meeting (Overeaters Anonymous).  It was terrifying and freeing all at the same time. During these 7 years, I have struggled repeatedly to fight my addiction. Steps one through three of most 12-step meetings are: We admitted we were powerless over food — that our lives had become unmanageable. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over… Read More

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Intentional Acts of Kindness

A few weeks ago, I was driving home from visiting family and I was pondering about the phrase, “Random Acts of Kindness.”  I never really thought about this before, but, on this day, it made me think of why do acts of kindness need to be random.  How can we create intentional acts of kindness? How would an intentional act of kindness look?  Would it be something for which we seek recognition?  Would it be something quiet and anonymous? Now, as I reflect back on this, it reminds me of the scripture from John 8:3-11.  In this scripture, we learn about an adulterous woman.  We learn how the scribes and… Read More

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The Worth of ALL Persons

By: Anjala Dick, Indianapolis, Indiana My story is a long one, but I will try to make this as condensed as possible. It is not always pleasant or easy, but I am learning as I go that all the struggles make it worth it. I grew up attending church, but not Community of Christ. Attending Community of Christ came later in my life, however, it is definitely part of my faith journey. When I found Community of Christ, I was looking for a place that would accept me and my husband. My husband and I are not in a “typical” marriage as he is a transman. We were not accepted… Read More

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I am an Outcast and Why I Follow Jesus

It’s taken me a long time, and a lot of struggles, to come to the “why” of why I follow Jesus. It’s not always been the easiest journey for me, but, now, I feel like I’m finally in a place where I’m ready to start following Him. As a member of the GLBT community, it’s not always been easy for me to find a place where I could worship openly and honestly. With this perspective, it reminds me of a song from Disney’s “Hunchback of Notre Dame.” The title of the song is “God Help the Outcasts.” I think the reason this song resonates with me so much is that I’m… Read More

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