This month I’m honored to share this blog space with Victoria Monet Aguas — a poet, writer, theologian, and dear friend. You can find more of Victoria’s work at www.theologyreflected.com.

A note from Victoria about this poem: I wrote this poem out of a place of processing all of the heated back-and-forth chaos on social media, especially in regard to conversations on race. I’ve found myself overwhelmed and broken over the intense fragmentation of relationships splayed out on social media. I’ve also been troubled by our lack of ability to see and treat others as human both in and out of the digital space. Out of these thoughts and disturbances within me, I wrote this piece in attempt to imagine the hope that redemptive friendship could bring to our current space.

Dr. Michelle Pokorny serves as an Adjunct Professor at Dallas Theological Seminary, teaching D.Min classes on Spiritual Formation, Spiritual Disciplines, and Soul Care. Michelle developed a passion for women’s ministry during her college years while serving as a counselor at Pine Cove Christian Camps. Her desire to see women thrive in their gifting led her to DTS to gain a solid biblical and theological foundation. After receiving her MACE in Women’s Ministry, Dr. Pokorny began working with East-West Ministries, International, where she served in Human Resources and on the International Women’s Ministries Training Team. Michelle's doctoral work focused on burnout and soul-care among Christian leaders. Michelle is married to Mark and their favorite hobbies include traveling, exercising, and enjoying food and laughter with friends and family. They have one active toddler, Alexander.

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