Leah Pulliam

Hey y’all! -- Yes, I said “y’all” and I honestly say it A LOT for someone who is a born and bred Long Islander, and current PA resident. Blame it, as well as my occasional use of “honey” and “bless her heart,” on my going to school in the South.

Attending the largest Christian University in the world is nothing short of exciting and I can say that the Lord is continually growing me in beautiful yet unexpected ways. When I am not in living in the library, you can find me at the hockey rink, either at work or cheering on my favorite Flames! I am currently pursuing a degree in Family & Child Development with a minor in Psychology and I hope to one day work as a school guidance counselor or administrator. I am an avid reader, cooking enthusiast, campfire lover, and sports obsessor-analyst-random-fact-knower (#SteelersNation & #GoDuke)! 

After almost a year of writing for Common Ground Blog, it has been incredible to see the ways in which the Lord has used this opportunity to teach me more about God's character and enabled me to spend more time exploring His Word! As you explore our writing, my prayer is that first and foremost you would see Jesus, the truth of the Gospel, and the immeasurable love of God weaved in and out of every post!

Molly Harnish

Hello! It's me, the born-and-raised Pennsylvanian. I love black coffee, road trips, and hoagies, and most of the time, I'm either enthusiastically yelling about the book I'm reading or quietly sitting and reading said book. 

 

I'm halfway through a major in Economics and minors in Public Policy and Mathematics at George Mason University, outside of Washington, D.C., and I'd love to work in economic policy research after I graduate. In other words, I thrive on midnight debates about political philosophy, actually enjoy manipulating data in R, and have become pretty familiar with the Metro.

 

Practically since I claimed my faith for my own, God has called me to meditate on the concept of strength and to come to terms with my lack of control. From my battle with EDNOS in high school to my first two years of college to my most recent solo move to an entirely new city, he has met me in my brokenness and strengthened me abundantly, not least through the love of these two women I am proud to call soul sisters. So welcome to Common Ground Blog - it's been an unimaginable blessing in my life, and I hope it blesses you as well.

Ana Yee

Welcome to Common Ground! My name is Ana, and I am a born-and-bred New Englander. I grew up in the suburbs of Boston, MA and currently go to school at Harvard University. While a Bostonian at heart, my second home is in Pennsylvania, where I lived for six years and met Molly and Leah.

 

Playing hockey, drinking coffee, watching British period dramas, and reading are just a few of the things I love to do when I’m not busy at school, where I major in History of Science and pre-medical studies. My dream is to become a medical missionary in Ethiopia, my favorite place on earth. While at school, I also write for the Ichthus (Harvard’s journal of Christian thought) and am in Harvard’s branches of the Reformed University Fellowship and the Christian Union.

 

Over the course of my life, I have seen God’s faithfulness throughout innumerable highs and lows. At Harvard, God has shown me the sanctifying value of difficulty and has deepened my understanding of grace. Recently, I've thought a lot about the importance of listening and the believer's call to die to self in order to receive Jesus' abundant life. I cannot wait to continue growing and learning alongside my two best friends, and I hope that Common Ground is a source of encouragement to you!

The Birth of Common Ground Blog

On paper, we could not be more different. We grew up in three different states, and after a brief two years together, we made our separate ways to a southern Christian university, an Ivy League school in New England, and an up-and-coming state school outside of our nation's capital.

Sure, you can point to our shared love for Ben & Jerry's, the time we spent together in the softball infield, and our propensity for quoting almost the entirety of The Office to each other, to explain our friendship. Yet common interests alone do not a friendship make.

We remain convinced that our friendship grew from the common ground in which we're planted - Christ Jesus. It's our fellowship in Him that sustains us as we do school and life in different states (NoVa and Lynchburg might as well be in different states, we promise). It's what allows us to encourage one another while we're away, and to pick up right where we left off whenever we're all in the same city.

We started Common Ground because we realized our conversations were certainly too long for text and didn't quite make sense for phone calls. In the midst of hard circumstances, we realized that God had been putting a lot on our hearts - a lot that maybe, just maybe, was meant to go outside our little circle of three.

We have a lot to say about college, Christian living, relationships, anxiety, independence, rest, and so much more. But most of all we're grateful for the God in whom we're grounded, and we're so glad you've chosen to meet us on this common ground, too.

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