Introduction: Home - By LISA TREACY
“The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.”
― Maya Angelou, All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes
DC is a city of contradictions. There are the transitories - they’re people who ebb and flow through the diagonal state streets; the ones who gain another few lines on their resumes before being carried away by the Potomac. There are the returners - they’re the ones for whom the District is a fixed point from where they lean and stretch on global adventures, coming back every few years to critique the new bars and restaurants. There are the lifers - born, schooled, worked, married, bred, retired, died, all within the 68 square miles. There are the blowins - the ambassadors from every nation on this sweet earth driving the city.
The challenge and invitation of DC is how to make it home. It’s a city open to abuse and manipulation; segregation and divisions. With such divergent perspectives and relationships, can it ever be a place of safe belonging, personal transformation, and familial growth?
Macalla comes from a group of people who are trying to work out what ‘Home’ looks like. We are attempting to salve the ache for a safe place by welcoming each other as we are. And by grace, with great love, we call each other to belong and be transformed.
This spring edition shows ‘Home’ as people, places, and perspectives. We trust that you will hear an echo of your own homes as you sit with us a while.