Stories by Melody Copenny

Melody Copenny

serves as a journalist with Cru. She’s an Atlanta, Georgia, native and University of Georgia graduate with a bachelor’s degree in magazine journalism. She enjoys the intersection of creativity, theology and popular culture in her writing projects. Contact Melody at Melody.Copenny@cru.org.

How Juneteenth Helps You See God

Juneteenth helps us to see God through the African American experience and stands to remind us that though this experience includes the brutal chains of slavery, emancipation came and broke those physical shackles free.

How to Help Marriages Survive COVID-19

As America battles its way through the global pandemic caused by the coronavirus, new realities are emerging for couples. This pandemic hasn’t been easy to navigate. It doesn’t tiptoe around our lives.

Encouragement and the Fight for Justice

As you experience emotional fatigue from conversations around race, cultural competency and racial reconciliation, embracing God is not only necessary, but it offers renewal and the benefit of a new mindset.

I Lost a Friend but Learned How to Trust God

The unexpected loss of a close friendship helped one person trust God in a deeper way.

Being An Introvert In An Extrovert’s World

Three insightful steps that can help introverts navigate living in an extroverted world while understanding their unique wiring.

The Way You Love Your City Matters to God

When we show up in our cities and neighborhoods and move toward people with helpful action, we can bring change through the love of God.

Five Ways to Struggle Well in Unexpected Disappointment

There are three women’s names who traveled for Brazil, prepared to compete yet were never mentioned by commentators. These women didn’t get to compete for gold, but they learned how to struggle well.

Forgiving My Dad Set Us Both Free

I didn’t have as much time as I needed with my dad in my early years, but then one day God set things in motion, unexpectedly.

This Is What Happens When You Get Over Yourself

How to embrace and value the stories of others as strongly as you do your own.

Why God Wants Your Life to Be Fruitful

How to live a spiritually fruitful life.

Encouraging College Students When It's Not Your Job

"Darnell J. Wilson climbed on a table and said, 'We are The Impact Movement. Who wants a free water bottle?' He started throwing bottles into the crowd. 'Surprisingly, people caught ‘em, but one person got hit in the head,' he said."

How To Start a Spiritual Conversation With One Word

The Words Project helps foster spiritual conversations with ease.

Overcoming The Fear Factor in Talking About God

Growing up in Ethiopia, a confusing religious environment made the thought of death frightening to Kassahun.

Dallas, Orlando, Minneapolis, Baton Rouge: We Need Rescue

In this time of tragedy we invite you to lament with sorrow for the tension and pain existing between communities of color and law enforcement. Decades of distrust and injustices keep people on the offense on both sides.

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