Mariam Williams is a writer, arts educator, and public historian living in Philadelphia, raised in Kentucky. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing and certificate in public history from Rutgers University-Camden and is also a proud VONA alumna. See more of her work at or follow her on Twitter: @missmariamw.
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Holy Week defiance: Joseph of Arimathea reminds me of Parkland students

At the Intersection: Gospel details about Jesus' burial reveal a subversive, risky act. When there was an opportunity to use his position to prevent an injustice, Joseph of Arimathea took it. ​


A Black nun and a Black writer look at Black Power

At the Intersection: "Black Power is not foreign to Yahweh." I embrace Black Liberation because I am freedom- and justice-minded, as the Bible repeatedly tells me God is.


Roles of hope and planning, lessons in grieving loss

At the Intersection: Recently I visited a church I had never been to and did something I haven't done in about 15 years: I left a prayer concern on the visitor card. It was about a job I didn't get, one I was sure was "for me."


The problem's name is capitalism

At the Intersection: When I think about my life and the items, sights and experiences I don't have or wish I had more of, I wonder sometimes if I would seem crazy in a culture or religion that was less bootstrappy, less obsessed with possessions, less focused on rewards, blessings, and curses.