Author Archives: Rachel Conlin McLeod

About Rachel Conlin McLeod

Transgender activist, Christian at First Baptist Church in Willimantic, Connecticut. B.A. in History and Social Sciences, B.A. in Sociology Freelance writer, tutor, research assistant Loves hockey, ballet, women's gymnastics, and Bible studies.

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Isaiah 10:1 “Woe to those who make unjust laws…”

Isaiah 10:1 “Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees….” Reflection: The word of God should never be used to justify or defend oppression, discrimination, persecution, torture, degradation, harm to children and mothers, false imprisonment, … Continue reading

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Thoughts and Insights from Jeremiah

Jeremiah 29:11 and Jeremiah 31:34 Reflections: God has plans for us. We may not understand God’s plans or fully comprehend the places or situations we find ourselves in on any given day but have faith in that sometimes we are … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 13:11

Reflection:  It is an Old Testament call for community. It is a call to reach out to those less fortunate and less blessed than ourselves. There is a truth in that we have the capacity to be cruel to each … Continue reading

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Galatians 8:22-23 “Against These Things, There is No Law”

Galatians 8:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”  Reflection: If a person is filled with the Holy Spirit, or if at the … Continue reading

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Isaiah 56:7 — The Church is For All Peoples

A house of prayer for all nations. A house of prayer for all peoples. Isaiah 56:7 “these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be … Continue reading

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God Grants Courage

Reflection: God endows us with many gifts and skills. Some of them take a while to find and notice. Sometimes we simply don’t see what it is that God gave us because it is actually pretty obvious or easily taken … Continue reading

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