I realize that it’s September and not February 14th (Valentine’s Day), but time has been pretty loopy for months now, and I can’t even keep track of what day of the week it is, not to mention what month it is. But, as I enthusiastically pass the baton (or torch) to the new co-editorial partnership, I’m overflowing with joy and love and schmalzy, effusive enthusiasm for the wonderful and invigorating time I have spent and the women I have worked with these last several years as Co-Editor-in-Chief of Segullah.
When I took this position, my first Co-Editor-in-Chief Sandra Jergensen had her hands full talking me off one technological edge after another as I tried to bond with Word Press, our site’s backside (so to speak) and its many mysteries. Even now I only admit to being “conversational” with its intricacies and quirks rather than a “native speaker”.
For the last couple of years while I’ve been working with Sherilyn, she has patiently, compassionately, and with good humor shared the workload and her wisdom. She’s a go-getter; an imaginative thinker; a hard worker; a devoted mom to her children; a survivor of more stresses than a person should have to deal with in a lifetime; a generative wordsmith; a lover of ideas; a creative writer and thinker; and a gracious example of what daughters of God can be when they work the Spirit into their bones. We are friends for life.
And while I’m thinking about the women of Segullah, let me tell you that each of you has inspired and nourished me. Maybe it’s a blog post. Maybe it’s a well-timed emoji. Maybe it’s the candor of emailed or staff page comments. Maybe it’s a conversation or a workshop or an off-hand pearl of wisdom at one of our retreats or email threads or comments on a post.
How did I get so lucky to be welcomed and embraced by the company of you individual, talented and gifted friends? And readers, I’m looking at you, too!
I love the wrestle and embrace we communally engage in to maintain Segullah’s foundational principles still there on our “about” page:
We publish insightful writings and images which explore life’s richness and complexity while reflecting faithfulness to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our aim is to highlight a variety of women’s perspectives within a framework of shared beliefs and values.
I love the variety of perspectives and approaches of our blog writers, poets, interviewees, and artists whose work we highlight. I love our urgent desires and robust efforts to stretch our borders and “expand the tent.” There’s a work we should continue!
I love the civility as well as the bravery our contributors share as we – each and all – wrestle with the gnarly, ineffable challenges of growth, relevance, and spiritual vigor in our complex world. This is only productively accomplished when we commit fiercely to authenticity and speaking our truths. And that’s no easy feat. Well done, sisters! I’m so, so glad to be in this with you all! Sisterhood is powerful! (And I mean that as both the deep Gospel principle it is and as the “feminist sentiment” which aligns compatibly with that holy reality.)
And I will still be with you. I’ll continue to blog monthly. I will also continue on as Art Director for the Segullah Quarterly Journal. Locating, interviewing, befriending, and admiring the visual artists we have featured in the last 4 years has been an invigorating experience for me. (And reassures me that my BA in Art History was not for naught!) Discovering and connecting with so many gifted visual artists through the annual contests has been a treasured highlight of my tenure – so I will cling to that post a while longer.
I am still ecstatic that last year’s Facebook “Giving Tuesday” effort brought us into a healthier financial situation. Let’s do that again?
I’ve got great expectations for the volume of poetry by Segullah writers we intend to title “Windows of Agates.” It’s sublime to have more time soon to focus on that project.
Dear sisters – staff and readers – please accept my thanks (and gooey sentimentality) for the extraordinary experience I have had serving as Co-Editor-in-Chief for Segullah.
Happy Valentine’s Day –
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