Ellie Roscher

“We can live any way we want. People take vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience— even of silence—by choice. The thing is to stalk your calling in a certain skilled and supple way, to locate the most tender and live spot and plug into that pulse. This is yielding, not fighting.” Annie Dillard

Ellie Roscher is the author of How Coffee Saved My Life and the Director of Youth and Story Development at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. She holds an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and an MA in Theology from Luther Seminary, writes for Keeping Faith Today and edits for Avenida Books.

More of Ellie's writing can be found at Womusings

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In Crisis, Love is Enough

Feb 06

In Crisis, Love is Enough

People who just know what to do in the center of crisis amaze me.They don’t wait. They don’t say, “Let me know what I can do.” They just do the right thing. How do they know what to do? Where did they learn that? I desperately want to be one of those people, but I’m not. Yet. In January, crisis happened to me. My baby landed in the hospital for three weeks, and my...

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A Room of Her Own

Jan 13

A Room of Her Own

In 1929, Virginia Woolf wrote an extended essay that argued for a literal and figurative space for women writers in a literary tradition dominated by men. The essay is titled “A Room of One’s Own.” Today, the excavation work of creating space for women is still exhaustingly real. Without intentional and constant upkeep, a female space can dissolve in a matter of...

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Belly Banter

Nov 30

Belly Banter

With one month to go, I have reached the point in pregnancy where I often spill food on my belly while eating. The first thing I do when I walk in a room is look for available seating. I waddle. When I drop something, I seriously contemplate if I need to pick it up. If I decide to, I splay my knees to the side to make room for my belly and make an audible sound on...

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When Election Coverage Reaches a Tipping Point and I Start to Cry Once a Day

Oct 18

When Election Coverage Reaches a Tipping Point and I Start to Cry Once a Day

After the 2005 tape came out of Donald Trump talking so crassly about assaulting female bodies in general, specific women started coming forward to accuse Trump of sexual harassment. His response has varied from dismissing his comments as locker room talk, to implying his innocence by putting down the looks of the accuser, to vehemently refuting the allegations. I...

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Digital Purging

Sep 22

Digital Purging

Don’t you love the sound your computer makes when you drag a file into the trash? The only thing better is the sound your computer makes when the trash gets emptied. Slowly over the last month I have been doing some serious digital purging. It’s not quite as refreshing for me as, let’s say, purging my closet, I think because I enjoy the physical...

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