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
When I was in divinity school, Dr. Stanley Hauerwas was probably our most famous faculty member. This famed ethicist had written many books, was well known around the lecture circuit, and had even been declared “America’s best theologian” a decade earlier. Hauerwas’s name commanded respect among the students and alumni I encountered, and Duke’s promotional materials … Continue reading Bursting Bubbles
I first have to say that blogging or even keep a journal is not something I’ve ever wanted to do. I have always been a person who had no trouble whatsoever expressing my thoughts aloud. But lately I’ve been wrangling with a question I never thought I’d ask; what do I believe in regards to … Continue reading The Foundation Crumbles
Last week I had the privilege of attending my first Q Christian Fellowship Conference (formerly the Gay Christian Network) here in Denver. I first found out about QCF at the Wild Goose Festival in 2012. At that time I was still very much new to the progressive side of christianity and had never heard of … Continue reading Reflections on the Q Christian Fellowship