The Empowerment Self-Defense Alliance


I am proud to be a founding member of the Empowerment Self-Defense Alliance (ESDA). ESDA aims to leverage the collective impact of empowerment self-defense practitioners and influence national dialogue about preventing interpersonal violence. The Alliance positions empowerment self-defense as a powerful means of personal and social change with a robust and growing research base demonstrating its efficacy. ESDA foregrounds survivors' agency, awareness of the neurobiological factors surrounding trauma, and a commitment to social justice as fundamental components of violence prevention. 

Members of the ESDA will be presenting at the National Sexual Assault Conference (NSAC) in Dallas, TX, in June 2017. Stay tuned to hear more about our important work. 

Staying Sharp

Reflection offered Sunday, January 1, 2017

I had the privilege to be in this pulpit Thanksgiving weekend, just a few weeks after the election. And like many of us, I was feeling very raw and vulnerable and truly frightened by what is happening in this country. I felt afraid for my own personal safety and that of my little queer family; I felt frightened for my neighbors in a climate of emboldened anti-Semitism, xenophobia, transphobia, racism, and state-sponsored violence.

The Limits of Darkness

Meditation shared Sunday, November 27, 2016 as part of the worship service "Gratitude and Responsibility." 

The other day, my colleague Sarah burst out of her office around 4:30 pm and announced, “There’s an amazing sunset over Northampton and I’m going up to the fifth floor to see it.” So of course I rushed out with her.