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When Things Fall Apart: Unraveling Internalized Shame

John 4:1-16, NRSV


Our internalized shame can become a barrier to intimacy with God. When we are seen for who we are, we can begin to heal and reconcile with our true selves, reconcile with our community and also reconcile with our Creator.

— Mira Sawlani-Joyner

  • Usual focus of this story is why the Samaritan woman at the well has been married 5 times
  • she is venerated as a saint with the name Photine
  • opened up to Jesus, although just a little bit, in admitting her shame
  • she experienced acceptance from Jesus
  • showing vulnerability and being authentic
  • shifting the internalized shame to becoming authentic
  • being authentic allows us to connect to others, to the community


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