Anna Marie Martin

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Anna Marie Martin has been a Spokanite since December 2006, when she moved here just in time to experience some of the worst snowstorms in recent history. She dislikes snow (hate is a really strong word). She grew up in Nebraska, and therefore has no need to be exposed to neither more snow nor more football.  Yet, each of these happen every fall and winter, she says.

If we cared about where our “stuff” came from, the world be profoundly different

When I was at Union Theological Seminary, a fellow student of mine was a founder of a nonprofit, Educating for Justice, which pointed out the injustices at Nike factories in Third World countries. (You can see their documentary here.)

I admit I was ignorant up until then, that workers in Third World countries make the clothes and products we buy at cheap prices, in terrible, debilitating conditions, for pittance wages.

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Stewardship is maintaining what you’ve been given

Stewardship is the maintenance and preservation of the gifts you have been given. Gifts in the broadest sense:  we are called to be good stewards of the universe we live in — which means we should advocate for the rights of the earth, the water, the creatures and wild animals and the people on earth.

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“Who hurt her?”

I’ve had some great therapists over the years, and that’s almost reason enough to have endured the things that made me seek out therapy. One of my therapists said, “Where you feel anger towards another person, there is still a desire for a relationship. If there’s indifference, the relationship is done.”

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In 2012 I learned I am loved, valued

This is a great question. There were lots of humbling experiences and spiritual lessons in 2012, not the least of which were "getting married," and "turning 40."  May I rephrase: The combination of turning 40 and then getting married, made it so clear to me that this life I have now, while, not necessarily the life I'd imagined for myself, is also real, and so beautiful.

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