Carolyn Surbaugh is a writer and editor living in Fort Worth, Texas. She holds a BA in English and Religious Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and is currently at work on an MFA in creative nonfiction from Seattle Pacific University. Her obsessions include Madeleine L’Engle, true crime, Marilynne Robinson, the intersections of race and religion, Christian mission work, and any combination thereof.



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“The words you speak become the house you live in.” -Hafiz

Hey y’all! My name is Carrie. I’m a recovering rule-follower, a life-long United Methodist whose now pseudo-Episcopalian, and I usually have the loudest laugh in the room.

I love good books, strong coffee, road trips, knitting, and the Kansas City Royals.

I’m a typical twenty-something liberal arts major.  I spent a year living out of a backpack, where I saw a good bit of this wide world and only picked up one parasite along the way. I recently finished a year interning with the Episcopal Service Corps, where I hung out with the coolest middle-schoolers in Seattle.


“I would always rather be happy than dignified.” -Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre

My favorite part of Christianity is communion. It’s the thing that keeps me coming back when I’m weary and doubtful. When I take communion, I think of the table at a wedding that’s the center of attention, the one with too many chairs squeezed around it and kids running underfoot and too-loud laughter. The table that always has room for more.

Communion is an act of radical love, a physical representation of the intimate, wild love the Lord has for us. Jesus invites us to the table, the one that always has room for more.

This blog is where I write about communion, rebellion, joy, anxiety, books, liturgy, queerness, and grace- always grace. Because at the center of the rebel table is a holy feast, that tastes like yeast and bittersweet wine, and says “here there is room for you.”