So, rumor has it that Matt Damon is moving to Australia to escape the dangerous insanity that is the United States, and as will happen, some folks on the interwebs are not so gently pointing out that this is the face of white privilege. From the perspective of one who freaked out and fled, I … Continue reading Privilege And Purpose In Pursuit Of A More Perfect World
Self confidence doesn't come naturally to me or many people I know. Churches are the hardest place to be self confident because they insist that we are worms, lowest of the low before Jesus came on the scene and saved us from our sorry selves. Recently I was attending our local Beer and Hymns. We … Continue reading I Am Enough
Let me preface this by saying, as an LSAT instructor, I teach argument for a living. (And if you follow the Bar Chaplain blog, yes, this is going to be another one of those posts.) I’m a big believer in always paying attention to both far right and far left media and then doing a … Continue reading The Importance of Dehumanizing Your Opponents
Throughout my life I've always associated religion with my relationship with Jesus. But as my faith continues to shift, new ideas are starting to form that, if I'm honest, have been in the back of my mind for a long time. I think it goes back to my childhood. When I was about 12 my … Continue reading Religion or Relationship?
I'm going to try something that might not have been done before, and it might not work, but it also resonated a whole lot with me and a friend of mine, with whom I spent a good 2 hours talking about this, so hear me out and maybe it’ll pan out. I want to look … Continue reading BenDeLaCreme Is a Symbol of Revolution
Six days ago, I boarded a plane for Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on my way to witness the work Fonkoze is doing to reduce poverty, particularly among Haitian women. In my carry-on, I had a copy of Kate Bowler’s Everything Happens for a Reason, a book I had been looking forward to reading for several weeks. It recounts Bowler’s stage 4 cancer diagnosis at age 35, with an 18 month old baby, and asks why suffering happens and where God might be in the midst of it. These felt like the perfect questions to try to wrestle with in Haiti.
I have always known I'm adopted. As a child my parents made it seem like no big deal. My birthday fell on the same day as their wedding anniversary so that fact became part of the story woven together on how they knew I was the girl for them. My older brother is also adopted … Continue reading Walking the Tightrope of Identity
This week in church, we discussed the transfiguration. I’m not going to go into that topic, because it’s complex and honestly difficult to talk about BUT it did get me thinking about the idea of transformation within a Christian context, and especially within the context of how those transformations ought to work today. When I … Continue reading Transforming the People of God
I’ve been waiting to write about my sexuality and my faith for a while, but I’ve always found myself too closeted, to dispassionate, or too fearful, and therefore silent. Now while I’m still very much scared, my long process of coming out to my family and friends being definitely OVER, and having a strong desire … Continue reading Coming out: Questions at the center of Queer Faith
It has been so long, I'm not sure I remember how to do this blogging thing. Once upon a time I wrote frequently and furiously about being queer and Christian in America. I got to speak about my experiences at a few gatherings, including a few Wild Goose summers and a small Pride in Chattanooga. … Continue reading At the intersection of there and here