Disability & Accessibility, Diversity, Pastoral Life, Writing

How Writing Helped Me to Explore My Filipino-American Heritage

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.


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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Amanda Gene lies on the ground with her arm wrapped around Noodles. Noodles is a small black and white Boston Terrier. She holds a sign that says "Best Friends."
Author Q&A, Blogging, Disability & Accessibility, Diversity

Amanda Gene Nelson: A Disability Blogger Who Is Chasing Her Dreams (Interview)

Amanda Gene is a blogger and a member of the disability community. I've been a fan of Amanda Gene's blog for quite some time and I was so happy that she was willing to sit down and chat with me about her writing process,  her pets, and what it is like to be a young woman with a disability in today's world. 

An image reads, "God's love is Amazing Grace."
Devotions, Disability & Accessibility, Diversity, Pastoral Life

God’s Grace Gives Me Hope to Face Sight Loss

My goal is to see as much of the world as possible before my sight grows completely dim. I am grateful for every day of vision, but even if I lose my sight entirely, I will continue to travel and explore the world in other ways. I know that people who are blind can love travel just as much as sighted people! I do not need to fear the loss of my vision because, "We walk by faith and not by sight."  

The January edition of Captivating reads, "The Gift of Disability Lights the Way for Others"
Disability & Accessibility, Diversity, Writing

Two of My Articles Were Published in CAPTIVATING! A Magazine Empowering People with Disabilities

I'm so excited - I had TWO articles published in CAPTIVATING! Magazine! As a preacher, one of the things that I am most passionate about is making the church fully inclusive for people with disabilities. I also love to write. I view writing as a natural outgrowth of my call to preach. I love it… Continue reading Two of My Articles Were Published in CAPTIVATING! A Magazine Empowering People with Disabilities

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

16 Easy Ways the Church Can Be More Accessible to People With Disabilities

Dear Friends, It's that time of year again! Easter will soon be upon us and that means that many of our churches will (hopefully) be having many visitors! No matter what time of year it is, it is my hope that we will do our best to make our worship services and church buildings as… Continue reading 16 Easy Ways the Church Can Be More Accessible to People With Disabilities

Devotions, Disability & Accessibility, Ministry, Order of St. Luke, Sermons & Sermon Notes, Writing

What Does Healing Look Like?

This past week, I deepened my spirituality by spending time at a retreat with members of the Order of St. Luke. Throughout the week, we emphasized how Luke portrays Christ as the healer, and I couldn’t help but wonder, why does God heal some people and not others? Glaucoma: The Silent Thief of Sight About… Continue reading What Does Healing Look Like?