About Rachel

God is in the muck and mire of everyday life with us. But it usually takes some proverbial looking up to know it. One of the Bible writers says to “Set your mind on things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.” We can learn to open the eyes of our hearts to that spacious place of belonging with him. We are way more beloved than we probably know, and there is more hope for ourselves and the world than we might have imagined.  Looking up is not blind optimism, it is spiritual realism! My hope for this blog is that when life feels bleak, you will experience God’s presence.

I’m a pastor in South Philly with Circle of Hope, and I love how the church is family. I also enjoy cooking, being in nature, making music, and laughing at everyday silliness. I am continually amazed at how a contemplative life of prayer is the way to change the world.