hey there

I’m Deb Conrad, pastor, teacher, photographer, writer, antique-lover, cat-mom, wine-drinker and old-house-seeker. I have a bike by Burley and knees by Stryker. I play guitar marginally, bowl when I can. I live in Flint, Michigan, with previous lives in SC, NJ, PA, MD, Washington DC, TX, CA and KY. I founded and still help run UrbanSpirit, a poverty education center in Louisville (link below), where I meet interesting people and try to do what I can to change the world. I’m pastor of Woodside Church in Flint, a groovy place if ever there was one. You can learn more about me by visiting my LinkedIn profile or UrbanSpirit’s staff page.

You like this domain name — mendtheworld.me? I like it a lot. A pretty decent reminder that I have responsibilities. This is my forum for thinking out loud about moments that seems to need pondering. Like the woman after the election who said she wasn’t comfortable placing $250K-earners in the top bracket. Thought “middle class” should extend to those that make half a million. I’m pretty sure i shouted at the radio that “middle” is barely $50K. So this will be my shouting place. Also my musing place. But I’ve been taking a fresh look through a camera lens, too, and expect to post photos with some regularity. Some of them will no doubt come from various antique stores and junk sales. I do some of my best pondering over the ghosts of previous eras; those remnants cause me to consider where we’ve been and what we learned along the way. As I discovered when I cajoled Mother into joining me on an antiquing jaunt, artifacts also inspire stories, and can give generations new connections with each other. Which may be just cheap justification for an addictive hobby. But it’s also true that a serious life needs a sideline of playfulness. Thanks for reading. There’s a lot to do to mend this world, and it will take all of us. Including me.

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© By the way, all the stuff I’ve posted here — the writing, the photographs, whatever — belongs to me, unless I’ve noted otherwise. If you’d like to see more of my photography, please visit my Etsy store: debconradphotography. Thanks!

4 Responses to hey there

  1. Karen Eaton says:

    So glad you are in Flint. It’s already been great listening to your pondering here.

  2. katie says:

    Love your messages – Thanks,

  3. Jason and Jerry rushing says:

    I want to say to the Woodside Church you guys are amazing when same-sex marriage started you guys married me and my husband and he just passed on the 11th this month and I cannot wait to come back to church and see everybody and this is Jason rushing my husband was Gerald rushing we’re married on July 11th I want to say 2014 but my mind’s not with me just yet again I want to say thank you for making the happiest day of my life Woodside church when I was able to bury my partner and I’d like to attend Sunday service and pay my respects to the church

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