About Me

I’m Sarah.

They call quirky, eccentric people like me “creatives.” I’m pretty sure this is the nice way of dismissing the fact that I had glasses and braces and a closet full of Nancy Drew books when I was 9.

Officially speaking,

I’m an idea junkie who loves to bring people together around good things. A few of the inspiring projects I’ve been part of : STORY, People of the Second Chance, FaithIt, D6, Christianity21, Church Leaders, Church Tech.

Plus I write…

My Huffington Post blog is the catch-all where I soapbox about faith and culture.

I’ve also written five books and contributed to four others in the faith & spirituality genre, but I’m almost SURE I’ve got better books in me…yet to come.

Curious to read one? Picking Dandelions: A Search for Eden Among Life’s Weeds.

But off the record, I’m …

A reading addict.
A neighborhood enthusiast.
A lifelong tomboy.
A relentless mediator.
An aspiring vigilante.
A true fan of Prison City (Jackson, Michigan).
(Which also makes me a Lake Lover and Mitten Dweller.)
A person of faith.

They call me…

Skinny white girl.
The coach’s wife.
Chief servant to the emperor.
(And his newly appointed Chief of Staff.)
Everybody’s sister.

I live to…

Restore people’s sense of community.
Champion brotherhood.
Crowdsource life.

On faith…

My dad is a baptist church planter.
I graduated from a Free Methodist college and a Lutheran grad school.
I call a Wesleyan church plant home.
I learn from, LOVE and listen to (but don’t always agree with) friends from the right, the left and the in-between.
If that makes me difficult to understand, I hope it makes me confounding in the same way Jesus was.
I would be glad to be lumped in with his methodology: for welcoming those the crowd expected him to reject and loving those the crowd wanted him to shame.

More than one person has said…

That my soul is ancient but I have the heart of a ten year old. Snarky or compliment? You decide.

If you write me, I’ll write you back…eventually*. (Rate of response is based on how big the laundry pile is.)

sarahraymondcunningham (at) gmail (dot) com

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16 Comments on About Me

  1. Lora Crombez
    October 29, 2014 at 12:40 pm (2 years ago)

    Can’t wait to meet you at Writers On The River. I am a first-time author, a believer, and fellow “mitten dweller” but I’m south of you in Adrian!

  2. Silvia Mah
    November 11, 2014 at 8:06 pm (2 years ago)

    I am looking for a speaker for an intimate mother-daughter tea on Dec 22 12-2 in San Diego for a group of around 10 mommies and daughters from Grace Point Church AND Santa Fe Christian. 3rd grade girls and their moms. Interested?

  3. Tony Park
    November 27, 2014 at 12:36 pm (2 years ago)

    Read your blog in the Huffington Post. I look forward to reading YOUR verdict when you’ve read all the files on the Ferguson shooting. You needn’t e-mail me; your life is busy enough. Cheers!


  4. jen
    February 1, 2015 at 3:37 pm (2 years ago)

    I’ve made a commitment to not just lurk on blogs this year (as I’ve done for a decade – ha!), but to actually leave some indication that someone read what someone else took the time to say – with intention. Blessings, jennifer

  5. Tracy
    February 6, 2015 at 5:44 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Sarah,
    I am inquiring about you speaking at a women’s retreat in Arizona. The dates are September 25-27 2015. Are you available?

  6. Sarah
    November 3, 2015 at 7:38 am (1 year ago)

    Did you live in Bloomfield Hills, MI when you were a kid?

  7. Amada Robles
    October 20, 2016 at 2:43 pm (2 months ago)

    Hello Mrs. Cunningham —
    My name is Amada Robles, and I am an associate with the communications department at McLean Bible Church in Vienna, VA.
    We have been searching for a female author outside of our church to compose a short thoughtful blog post about maintaining biblical purity as a woman and you were recommended to us by one of our congregants after she read your book “Beyond the Broken Church”. As we spoke about her experience reading your book, we came to believe it captures the honesty and transparency with which our Women’s Ministry would like to approach the topic of reaching out to our disillusioned audience.
    May we ask for to contribute a blog post to be published to our blog site this coming Wednesday, October 26? If you would be willing to write for our blog, we would be more than happy to credit you, promote this book, and tag your social media accounts upon promotion of this article. Above all, we want to connect our congregation to resources and authors outside of our walls that validate and actively pursue the hard conversations that are often associated with purity in the church.
    If it’s easier for you, we would be delighted to speak with you over the phone at 703-770-2991. However, if you prefer to continue this communication over email, feel free to contact me at amada.robles@mcleanbible.org. We look forward to hearing from you!
    Amada Robles
    Communications Associate
    McLean Bible Church
    8925 Leesburg Pike
    Vienna, VA
    mcleanbible.org | @mcleanbible | facebook.com/mcleanbible

  8. Michelle Z
    November 27, 2016 at 11:25 pm (2 weeks ago)

    I know this is a little off your usual themes, but I was wondering if you’d consider doing any lifestyle/fashion/makeup posts or vlogs. I get you’re not a fashion blogger but I have seen you speak a couple times and like your look, but you seem like such a minimalist (in a good way–NOT diva-ish) that I wish I could learn from you!


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