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 MariamWilliams.com or follow her on Twitter: @missmariamw.
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Holding on to hope when you're not sure things will get better

I expected to be in a position to take care of my parents by now in part because I believe in a system of rewards for good behavior and consequences for bad. It's a fictional system, but faith in God and God's promises also nurtured it.

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Neutrality is not necessarily peaceful

At the Intersection: Apathy suggests that asking, "Why aren't you outraged?" or "How can you just stand there?" or "Don't you see what's going on?" is justified. Something should be moving an apathetic person to action, but nothing is.

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A strong faith can handle the test of startling questions

At the Intersection: Certainty can make your steps confident and light. Doubt, debate and questions feel unstable. But with them, I feel better about myself, my life and my faith.

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I question whether systems can be forgiven

At the Intersection: After the 2015 murders at Emanuel AME Church, I said that the survivors were not bound to forgive because the shooter had not asked for forgiveness. With the systemic abuse crisis, the Catholic Church is in a similar position regarding the concept of forgiveness.

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