Fenny to Fran: Reflections on Growing (Hardcover)
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I now deeply know that
I am not just Fran -
female, Dutch immigrant,
Christian, wife, mother,
I am still Fran, but now I see myself as a person, a global citizen whose everyday life has opportunities to be a part of making this world a place of flourishing.
I am still even Fenny, connected to my Opoe and my ancestral roots and extended family on both sides of the ocean.
I am still female, raised in a patriarchal culture, trying to live more fully as an egalitarian while holding my complementarian residue with understanding, respect, and a recognition that while you can learn and embrace new ideas, it takes a while for the body, habits, and emotions to adapt.
I am fully Canadian, and I am actively participating in a diverse, multicultural, multi-ethnic, democratic nation that is, hopefully, beginning to deal with its settler colonial history.
I am still Christian, though my understanding of what that looks like has, as it should, matured considerably.
And I'm still a wife, mother, and grandmother. These labels help define me and give me place and context.
Mostly, I'm an image bearer of God, a vessel through which the love and truth of Jesus can flow freely.