Articles By: Penny Carothers

Asma, We Share Your Transgression

Asma, We Share Your Transgression
Yesterday, while doing my normal business of driving to pick up kids from daycare, I heard about a campaign and petition launched by the wives of the British and German ambassadors to the UN. These women had created a video juxtaposing pictures of Asma al-Assad, the Syrian President’s wife, with...
April 19th, 2012 | Featured, Social Justice | Read More

On Being Penny

On Being Penny
(Note: Penny Carothers is the Social Justice Editor here at Burnside Writers Collective.) “Wow – you make me look like hot shit!” This is the text message I sent to Don Miller, in 2007, after I read through the screenplay of the film adaptation of "Penny" and "Don" on the...
April 13th, 2012 | Burnside Sells Out, Essays, Featured | Read More

An Open Letter to Jason Russell

An Open Letter to Jason Russell
Dear Jason, I doubt you’ll get the chance to read this letter, but I have to write it. Your video, KONY2012, has been hashed and re-hashed over the last week, and I don’t plan to get into all of that. I really have only one thing to say: By positioning yourself as the mouthpiece for this...
March 15th, 2012 | Essays, Featured | Read More

Dodging Forks and Other Parenting Highlights

Dodging Forks and Other Parenting Highlights
“I’m not going to be your friend any more!” My daughter, four, is rolling away from me, her platinum hair a tangled veil as she kicks her legs to fend off the pants I am trying to pull up her squirming legs. “I know you’re upset that you can’t play with your Legos anymore, but it’s time...
June 23rd, 2011 | Essays | Read More

Colors of Hope by Richard Dahlstrom

Colors of Hope by Richard Dahlstrom
Richard Dahlstrom is the first to admit that his story is not one of those faith-making tales of abuse or addiction and God’s eventual redemption.  It’s the story of growing up in the proverbial healthy Christian home where the norm was baseball games, good grades and Saturday night spaghetti....
May 26th, 2011 | Books, Burnside Sells Out, Featured | Read More

Learning to Love Mother’s Day

Learning to Love Mother’s Day
[Editor's Note:  This piece originally ran last year at Relevant online.] I used to hate Mother’s Day. The mylar balloons, the pink cards, the stories on everyone’s lips about their plans for taking their mom out to eat or to a movie. They all seemed to taunt me in a sing-song voice: look what...
May 8th, 2011 | Essays, Featured, The Anti-Ombudsman | Read More

The Break In

The Break In
Many of us have reached the saturation point when it comes to the needs of the world.  I know I have.  Several years ago I had so much fire in my belly about how to change the world, how to make a difference, how to stave off apathy.  But despite all my effort, the world didn’t seem to change...
September 29th, 2010 | Featured, Social Justice | Read More

Burnside Wants You! To Help Bring Clean Water

Burnside Wants You! To Help Bring Clean Water
All through college I was bombarded with images and ads like this, showing how much (and how many) people around the world were suffering.  And the response was to feel guilty, give something up so I could give something away, and do the right thing: send some money.  Maybe this was your experience,too. For...
September 2nd, 2010 | Featured, Social Justice | Read More

Good Intentions Aren’t Enough

Good Intentions Aren’t Enough
I’ve said it already.  Extensively.  But some things bear repeating. There’s been an explosion on the development blogs regarding Jason Sadler’s proposal to send one million used (but decent!) t-shirts to Africa.  Apparently, Sadler runs a site called I Wear Your Shirt, built on...
April 29th, 2010 | Featured, Social Justice | Read More

Haiti: “Most Horrific Thing I’ve Ever Seen”

Haiti: “Most Horrific Thing I’ve Ever Seen”
Imagine that the dome of the White House had fallen in on itself. Or a disaster hit of such magnitude that nearly everyone west of the Mississippi was affected. This is what happened in Haiti last night.  The presidential building collapsed in on itself when a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit the island....
January 13th, 2010 | Essays, Featured | Read More