Disability & Accessibility, Diversity, Pastoral Life, Writing

How Writing Helped Me to Explore My Filipino-American Heritage

HAPPY ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDER AWARENESS MONTH!
I’m smiling today because my article, “How Writing Helped Me to Explore My Filipino-American Heritage,” was published in Captivating Magazine ! CAPTIVATING is a magazine that seeks to empower people with disabilities. The goal of the magazine is to show that people with disabilities, such as sight loss, can continue to live full and complete lives. I’m so happy to be included in this project.

In this article, I share about how writing my first chapbook helped to give me the confidence to write my first novel. The things that make us different are what can give us unique voices as writers. I hope you will check it out!

I have reblogged it here for your convenience but you will have to click the “read more tab,” to see the entire article.  The article includes image descriptions. There is also an option to have the article read aloud to you by an electronic voice.

CAPTIVATING!

By: Rev. Rebecca L. Holland, B.S. English Ed.  & M.Div.

Rebecca wears a red coat and poses outside a restaurant at Niagara Falls her father, aunt, and little brother. Rebecca is half-Filipino and half white.
Rebecca & Family At Niagra Falls

I was in my junior year of college when I experienced an encounter with racism that will stick with me for the rest of my life. One of my classmates took my journal and read it without my permission. When I demanded that he return it to me, he responded, “I don’t see how you think you can be a writer when you don’t even speak English.”

“What do you mean?” I replied. “I’m an English major!”

“English isn’t your first language. Although I have to admit, you speak it surprisingly well for someone who’s not even an American.”

“I was born in Virginia! English is the only language I speak!”

“That doesn’t matter,” he said as he looked directly into my eyes. “It’s not your language. Your language is- what is it they…

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Book Reviews, Books, Disability & Accessibility, Diversity, Writing

I’m Visually Impaired and Voice Dream Reader Enables Me to Read 120+ Books a Year!

This article was originally published in CAPTIVATING! I'm such a huge book worm, and the Voice Dream Reader app has been such a blessing to me, that I wanted to share it here on my personal blog as well. I also encourage you to check out all the other great articles in CAPTIVATING, a magazine that is breaking barriers… Continue reading I’m Visually Impaired and Voice Dream Reader Enables Me to Read 120+ Books a Year!

Disability & Accessibility, Diversity, Ministry, Pastoral Life, Women in Ministry, Writing

Gender, Race, and Disability: The Aspects of Inclusion We Frequently Forget in Church

An intersectional approach means that we realize that every person is unique and that no two people are the same. As such, we recognize every single person will have a unique experience of life. As the United Methodist Church considers its future, in order to be truly inclusive, we must also consider the needs of women, people of color, and people with disabilities. I urge the UMC to take an intersectional approach to ministry.

Poetry, Writing

What They Said When Io Ran – a poem by Rebecca Holland

It is always a joy and a thrill to have a poem accepted by a literary magazine. My poem, “What They Said When Io Ran,” was published by the Amethyst Review: New Writing Engaging with the Sacred. The Amethyst Review is one of my favorite literary magazines because it focuses on work that specifically explores the intersection of faith and writing. As a writer, this is one of my favorite themes.

I am delighted to be included in Amethyst Review and I hope that you will take a moment to explore the pages of their magazine as well as to consider my poem, which I have reblogged here.

Blessings
,
-Rev. Rebecca

Amethyst Review

What They Said When Io Ran

Words liberate
Poetry heals

The sages of the ages past
Tried their best to lock away
The knowledge of what words can do
They should not keep them from you

They will try to chain you with meter
And clip your wings with rhyme
Say that you are not good enough
Because you cannot write like them
Because your iambs are trochees and your lines stumble on broken feet-

But they do not see
That you are writing a new song
They do not see
That a new language is required
To tell the world of how you were
………………Beaten
………………Broken
………………Erased
………………Desired
………………But never silenced.

When Io ran, they claimed she liked the chase
When Daphne transformed into a tree
Rather than embrace her rapist
They said, how lovely is the laurel
And used her arms to crown…

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Disability & Accessibility, Diversity, Ministry, Pastoral Life, Women in Ministry, Writing

7 Relationship Tips for Couples with Disabilities & Inter-abled Couples

Here are 7 relationship tips that are important for all couples, but especially for couples with disabilities or inter-abled couples. It’s no secret that dating is hard or that relationships can be both incredibly challenging and rewarding. This can be especially true if one or both members of the relationship has a disability. Trust me- I know

Blogging, Disability & Accessibility, Diversity, Writing

What Does Disability Look Like? People with Disabilities Are CAPTIVATING!

My name is Rebecca, and I am a visually impaired writer and Filipino-American clergywoman. I am proud to be a volunteer staff writer and contributing columnist for CAPTIVATING! The mission of CAPTIVATING! aligns incredibly well with my own personal mission to make both the church and the world more accessible for people with disabilities.   Our Search for Models with… Continue reading What Does Disability Look Like? People with Disabilities Are CAPTIVATING!

Book Reviews, Ministry, Poetry, Writing

Holland’s Poems Touch the Human Condition and More!

I would like to give a sincere thank you to the very talented author Maggie Jane Schuler for her incredibly kind and thoughtful review of my chapbook Through My Good Eye: A Memoir in Verse. I am deeply touched by her kind words. You can check out the whole review on her blog! (I've reblogged it here)… Continue reading Holland’s Poems Touch the Human Condition and More!