Catherine McNiel is asking this question of herself and others: “What are you afraid of?” Why, she asks, are we, as Christ-followers, often taught to fear our neighbors, withhold hospitality from strangers, and vilify the “others”–those whose beliefs, appearances, and lives look different than our own and perceive them as a threat to our way of living. Catherine speaks to this culture of fear and calls us to change the conversation. Her new book, Fearing Bravely: Risking Love for our Neighbors, Strangers, and Enemies, is an anthem proclaiming the freedom to choose love over fear.
Tammy Perlmutter is a writer and editor, the founder, and curator of The Mudroom, a collaborative blog for women, and co-founder of Deeply Rooted, an annual faith and creativity gathering for women. Tammy is a member of the Redbud Writers Guild, an amateur naturalist, a Chicago Conservation Corps Sustainability leader, and she lives and works with Jesus People, an intentional Christian community in Chicago. She is also a founding member of the Uptown Garden Collective, an urban sustainability initiative. She has a poem included in Everbloom: Stories of Deeply Rooted and Transformed Lives and Love Poems Deconstructed, and an essay in Soul Bare: Stories of Redemption. She is the author of the poetry chapbook To Walk in Rivers of Fire.