a busy bee

ah, life at the escobar house is always an adventure. it’s been a good season for all kinds of refuge community fun, we’re on our last week of summer before the kids go back to school & our wonderful friends from portland–ken loyd & jessica roye from home-pdx in portland just left.  they are seriously good for the soul.  when the kids go back to school i am always a little excited to get back in our groove of a little less chaos (i know some of you are chuckling right now at my wishful unrealistic thinking!)

meanwhile, i have been too busy to write any blog posts other than a couple here and there in my head while i’m driving, but i have a few pieces to maybe catch up on from verve, which is part of communitas collective and focuses on cultivating new forms of church.   check them out &  i’d love to hear some of your thoughts.

  • we have a dream
  • dreams are a lot prettier when they’re just dreams
  • the beginning of flesh and bones
  • wait, or jump…or jump, or wait
  • letting go is hard to do
  • “well, i’m here”
  • just good people living out what they love

also, we are continuing to cultivate voca femina and are seeing what can happen when a space is created for women to share their creativity and heart in an open and safe place.  issue #11 just posted, and you can check out pictures from our second denver share party on august 3rd here.  it was a beautiful evening filled with so many incredible women.

lastly,  i’ve been thinking a lot about the carnival and have a few fun ideas i want to try in the fall that i need to quit talking about and actually do.  stay tuned.   i have been wondering, though, if there are some specific topics or focuses or interviews or or questions that you’d love to see tossed around or more fleshed out. if you have any you want to pass on to me, leave a comment or shoot me an email.

thanks for reading, and soak in as much summer as you can!

Kathy Escobar

Kathy Escobar is dedicated to creating safe and brave spaces for transformation and healing in real life, online, and outside. She co-pastors at The Refuge, a hub for healing community, social action, and creative collaboration in North Denver, co-directs #communityheals, a non-profit organization dedicated to making spaces for transformation accessible for all, and is the author of Practicing: Changing Yourself to Change the World, Faith Shift: Finding Your Way Forward When Everything You Believe is Coming Apart and several other books.


  • Hey kathy! I have missed you!!! busy bee is right!!! 🙂 enjoyed all the differnet links. My favorite was “dreams are a lot prettier when they are just dreams” —- I have to tell you, I really see what God has been doing in me and through me is so similiar to what God did in you years ago. I just relate so much to your story. maybe you don’t want to hear that because most of the time i just bring up what i disagree with instead of agree — BUT it really is true. I might have been challenging or seem like I didn’t agree but really it was just because I was so challenged and just really in a season of intense grinding so needed to play devil’s advocate and ask questions to help me ….

    anyway I’m just rambling. I have no idea how I come across at all actually maybe you already could see that about me that God was doing something so similiar… Anyway

    just wanted you to know I am here and am so happy to read your words all the time. I’m in a rest season and am expecting baby # 2 — I wish I could express more what God is doing specifically but I’ll wait to tell you until it actually happens! 🙂

    anyway – THANKS for you!!! your voice, input and encouragement 🙂

  • also – specific topics I would love to read more on:

    the “operation” of your part of the body. your church, the refuge… I know that sounds so gross and boring and all — but I honestly just am in that place where I see the dream but have no idea how it fleshes out. I want to see how it can work. Sharing leadership – *how* to give each a voice? What is the role of pastor at the refuge? Do you have different people in charge of different ministries? You have a place you meet, right? How do you handle finacnes? Are you official ‘business’ non profit church…. how deal with all the details of all that?

    Do you believe there’s a cap that the refuge’s way of doing things won’t work anymore when u get to a certain # of people? if you start attracting more and more people that your gatherings are hours and hours long for non stop voicing of opinions- when do you break into smaller groups again? for decisions / leadership decisions – all included on decisions?

    ahh so many questions 🙂 Maybe you have talked about this all before? or maybe it’s nosy of me and I shouldn’t be asking? 🙂

  • kathy!!! 🙂 Maybe since this fall will be less hectic for all of us…i can come down for a visit at the refuge or some other function. 🙂 i would love to see ya’ll again and am so thankful for finding this place because you keep tossing me lifelines of hope. here’s to seeing you soon!!

  • 1 week to go of winter!!! Too lovely, way too lovely – I’m cleaning the BBQ today as a statement to the world – here comes summer!!!

  • Kathy:

    I’m just thankful that you are who you are in Christ. Just keep writing from the well spring he has placed within you and you will be doing us all very good. I’m hoping now that my children are out of the house and when this season of craziness hopefully slows down a little hope that in the not too distant future I can come to Colorado since I’ve never been there to do a little fly fishing and to visit you all at your incredible community of Faith.

    In the mean while continue to just be the untamed wild child of the Lion of the Tribe of Juda that you are and the world will be a better place for it.

    Tom Wilson

  • randi – congratulations on baby #2 on the way, so happy for you and it is so beautiful to hear of the transformation that continues to happen. i feel so privileged that in some small way the conversations here have been part of the change. i love your heart and your willingness to ask the hard questions and seek and your devotion to Jesus. i look forward to hearing more about your journey in the months and years to come….meanwhile, i am keeping a list of some of the ideas shared and will hopefully post or touch on them in some way! feel free, always, to ask any specific questions via email or ? too; i am always up for sharing about the work that we are experimenting with together!

    davida – oh that would be so great. on september 12th at our saturday eve gathering we are having a night called “beauty” with open share on any creative pieces anyone has created. that might be a fun one to come down for! no idea what it will be like but it will look a little like the voca femina share parties we’ve done, just with a mixed group.

    mark – happy summer! ours is ending and yours is beginning!

    tom – thanks for your continued encouragement. i read this today and your comment made me think of it again. God, give us more and more reckless courage: http://nextreformation.com/?p=2858


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