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Reflections on Braid Camp

We knew that a week at camp could hold extra challenges for our youth.  Before starting Braid, we had each spent time as chaplains at Camp Stevens,...

Why We Love St. Dorothy’s

I was a camp kid. I didn’t really have a choice: my mom had grown up going to camp on the shores of Lake Tahoe and was...

High Paw, Super Sebastian

A few years ago, I was invited to talk to a group of kindergarteners about foster care. It’s one of the toughest assignments I’ve ever had, which...

The Transformational Work of Listening

In the course of our careers as ministers in the Episcopal Church, there have been moments when we have necessarily needed to have difficult conversations about how...

Why We Walk

We are walking because Braid started five years ago this month as a challenge. As we celebrate this milestone, this walk is symbolic of Braid’s earliest days,...

Transforming Pain

This has been a sad and scary week in America. Like many of you, I have been feeling helpless in the face of so much violence and...

Building Trust

Building trust simply takes time. I know this in my head: we say this in every Braid training and reinforce it over and over to almost all...

Being An Agent of Agency

Whereas around 30% of the general population has attained a Bachelors degree, only 2.5% of foster youth have attained the same degree. In her doctoral dissertation, “Narratives...

The Residue of Tragedy

This has been a haunting week in the Bay Area. As death tolls mount in the worst wildfire in California history, we have been reminded of its...

Finding Our Way

Last weekend I was reminded how helpful a good old-fashioned map can be. My husband’s family was visiting from Chicago, and our 6-year-old nephew picked up a...