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About


Hola y'all ~ I'm Sarah! 


I am a born and raised Southern girl, who grew up eating grits, playing basketball, and going to church. When I was nineteen, I spent a year living and volunteering in an urban neighborhood. The relationships and experiences from that year ignited a lifelong passion for justice, service, and racial reconciliation.

My husband Billy and I met at a multicultural church in South Central Los Angeles. He had immigrated from Guatemala City, and we quickly began discovering the joys and craziness of a cross-cultural, bilingual relationship. (Here's one example.) We also walked together through the immigration system as Billy was an undocumented immigrant when we met and married.

In 2009, we moved to our home in Atlanta, Georgia, where we live in the heart of the city as intentional neighbors engaged in Christian community development. We have two kids - Gabriella and Isaac - and we are trying our best to raise them bicultural and bilingual-ish. To that end, we speak as much Spanglish as possible at home and at our Spanish church. 


Day-to-day life inspires my writing about social justice, immigration, faith, and life across cultures. Also, many years ago, I devoured a bunch of Starbucks Frappachinos and completed a master's degree in sociology. It was like bootcamp for all the things race, class, and culture related.

Professionally, I have worked more than a decade with non-profits making a difference in the world and their communities. I am also a member of the CCDA (Christian Community Development Association) Emerging Leaders cohort.

My writing has been featured on Christianity Today, Sojourners, ChurchLeaders.com, Off the Page, Coffee + Crumbs, and many other online sites. (To see a full list, click here.) I also wrote an essay in the book Embrace: God's Radical Shalom for a Divided World by Leroy Barber. 

Billy and I speak regularly in front of audiences, including venues like the National Christian Multicultural Student Leadership Conference and CCDA National Conference. We've done an interview series on Lo Que Nos Une on Radio Vida 1130, a Spanish Christian station, and I was able to be a guest on the Shalom Sistas podcast and The Ride Home with John and Kathy on 101.5 WORD-FM in Pittsburgh.

I am so glad you're here at A Life with Subtitles, where I unpack the joys and questions that emerge from cross-cultural marriage, parenting, ministry, and life. I'd love to meet you and keep in touch! You can find me on the interwebs here: Facebook || Twitter || Instagram

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