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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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!

Poetry, Writing

Poem: Love Song (To the Tune of Liszt’s Liebestraum)

I've never loved so deeply I've never feared so strong I swear to you, my darling I'll love you my whole life long.   I've never known such mourning. I've never feared such pain Wait for me, my darling, 'Til I see you again.   I've never known such rapture I've never known this desire… Continue reading Poem: Love Song (To the Tune of Liszt’s Liebestraum)

Poetry, Writing

Poem: A Moribundity for Flowers

Poem: A Moribundity for Flowers "Lo, how a rose e'er blooming from tender stem hath sprung!" -Traditional Carol  He thinks it's strange that I keep flowers from funerals  Delight in their petals Rejoice at their scent Every time he sees it - He calls it my death flower Says it reminds him that he is… Continue reading Poem: A Moribundity for Flowers

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