Deconstruction: to intellectually and emotionally confront and tear down faulty ways of thinking and perceptions of oneself, God, others, and the world.

Doula: a woman who provides emotional, physical, and informational support to a woman during pregnancy, labor, birth, and the immediate postpartum period.

Essence: A spiritual, eternal being. Found housed temporarily in a physical body. I use this term interchangeably with “soul”.

Human: the state of being a spiritual essence (or soul) housed in cohesion with a limited physical body; the state of being broken spiritually and physically; the state of being in need of grace.

Meritocracy: Believing that the harder one works, the more he/she will be rewarded. That success in life is directly correlated to how hard one works.

Privilege: An advantage or immunity given to a certain group of people. This could be based on gender, race, socioeconomic status, able-bodiedness, sexuality, education, language and much more.

Reconstruction: to intellectually and emotionally discover and build up new true ways of thinking and perceptions of oneself, God, others, and the world.

Shalom: “the way things were intended to be,” wholeness, completeness, peace, reconciliation, healing.

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