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Cherokee's YAV Year

Tongues of Fire…or Not?

Every year the NOLA YAVs are invited to lead worship in Hammond, LA at First Presbyterian, Hammond on Pentecost Sunday and every year a YAV gets asked to preach a sermon. For the last couple of years, a second year... Continue Reading →

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The Mad YAV Manifesto

This past weekend, the YAV sites from NOLA, Atlanta, Little Rock, Miami and Asheville got together as they do every year. At this Spring Retreat, we gathered in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Pine Mountain, Georgia (Fun Fact:... Continue Reading →

Food for Thought

“From East to West, I love you the best” croons Fats Domino about a woman in his song Let the Four Winds Blow. Fats Domino,a native New Orleanian, was born in 1928 and raised in the Lower Ninth ward. Following... Continue Reading →

My Year in the Garden

So, some of you are wondering what I am doing this year. I am working at Eden House, a 2 year residential program for survivors of human and sex trafficking. I’ll give you a second to take that in……...in America,... Continue Reading →

A Streetcar with little to Desire

As I stood on the crowded streetcar, I thought to myself “ I can’t wait to get off this thing”. For those of you who don’t know my daily commute to Eden House (my new work placement for those of... Continue Reading →

Waiting for Sunday

It was raining in New Orleans on Saturday. Rain has always been a comfort to me. The slow tap of rain against the window or rolling thunder has always eased the tension in my mind. Living in Arizona for two... Continue Reading →

Carnival: A Love Song?

"At last, my love has come along. My lonely days are over and life is like a song." Etta James' song "At Last" makes appearances at many a wedding. During the season of Carnival, I feel it takes on a... Continue Reading →

Becoming a new Butterfly 

Butterflies are extraordinary creatures. They start off as little caterpillars and transform through metamorphosis into the most beautiful things. Butterflies are unapologetically themselves and they wear their colors proudly. I have some sincere trouble doing just that. I can't seem... Continue Reading →

The Most Painful Blisters

I put Band-Aids on blisters that day. My small group from YAV had spent the day walking around New York as a part of orientation. We got sent out with only $5 and were meant to observe two very different... Continue Reading →

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