About Faith Newport

Faith Newport writes, knits, drinks lattes, and sings in the shower in a small Midwestern town. She lives with two cats, too many books, and her very patient husband. Follow her on Twitter @knittybarista.

Exodus International President’s Apology Represents a Hopeful Opportunity For the Church

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Throughout its thirty-seven years of operation, Exodus International has been infamous for championing the Christian "ex-gay" movement. "Ex-gay" organizations advance the belief that, with the help of Christ, anyone within the LGBTQ community can experience a profound reversal in their sexual desires and attractions--even to the point of becoming exclusively heterosexually oriented. Organizations like Exodus have had a tremendous influence on the way that wider Christian culture treats LGBTQ … [Read more...]

When God Is a Woman

A Galilean carpenter once famously said that the way we treat those who are the least among us is the way we treat our God (Matthew 25:31-36). It's something Christians have taken to heart in the many years since, something we hold true in a way that is more than just symbolic. We believe that the way we love God is by loving other human beings—especially victims of injustice and oppression: the least of these.In our world today, however, who is really the least? Granted, it often feels like … [Read more...]

Rest In Peace, “Amanat”

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"...the opposite of faith is not doubt, but certainty. Certainty is missing the point entirely. Faith includes noticing the mess, the emptiness and discomfort, and letting it be there until some light returns.” -- Anne LamottThe Bible frequently speaks of mourning with "sackcloth and ashes", i.e., the practice of tearing your clothes and covering yourself with grime as a sign of mourning. Not just any mourning, but the mourning that breaks your heart, tears you down, and leaves you as empty a … [Read more...]

Feminine Appeal: You Don’t Have to Be a Sexy Crayon for Halloween

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Join Faith Newport and Erin Straza each week for Feminine Appeal, an e-discussion bringing a female perspective to the latest in cultural happenings and hubbub.Erin: There are many things in this world that rile me, but one in particular is making me crazy right now: the raunchy Halloween costumes for women. What's the deal with that?Faith: I know, right? The most annoying thing for me might be the prices -- they really expect us to pay $50 for two feet of chintzy fabric? Wait, … [Read more...]

The Female Gaze: Fifty Shades of Bondage

Each week in The Female Gaze, Faith Newport engages the trends, events, and issues that affect women—and the men who care about them.It started out as Twilight fan-fiction, with a darker edge and a whole lot of x-rated pseudo-BDSM sexuality—and somehow skyrocketed from Internet obscurity to international infamy. Today, the Fifty Shades of Grey series has sold over thirty million copies worldwide. It's been on bestseller lists for months and even beat out Harry Potter for the title of fas … [Read more...]

The Female Gaze: Conflict of Interest

Each week in The Female Gaze, Faith Newport engages the trends, events, and issues that affect women—and the men who care about them.As the designated "women's issues" writer here at CaPC, I get unofficial dibs on incidents impacting women--which seem to increase in number around election season. Today's news offered me this little gem: A Republican candidate for Senate asserted that women who are victims of "legitimate rape" are practically guaranteed not to get pregnant. The politician, Rep. … [Read more...]

The Female Gaze: Belly Dancing with Confidence

Each week in The Female Gaze, Faith Newport engages the trends, events, and issues that affect women—and the men who care about them.Whatever I had been expecting when I walked through the studio door, this wasn't it. Four women, one of them our instructor, all older than me and dressed in ordinary workout clothes, barefoot in the center of a mirror less, windowless room. Plus me—yoga pants, faded sports bra, stretchy tee, ponytail. None of us looked like ballerinas, models, or dancers. But, fo … [Read more...]

The Female Gaze: No One Wins When Men and Women Play for Power

Each week in The Female Gaze, Faith Newport engages the trends, events, and issues that affect women—and the men who care about them.If there's one thing I'm really tired of in Christian culture, it's the seemingly constant grab for power. Some days, I see it almost everywhere I look. The people who spend thousands of dollars trying to boycott one law or another—or to get new laws on the books prohibiting this or that. The frenzied voices of our "culture wars" as everyone tries to out-shout and … [Read more...]

The Female Gaze: Summer Reading for Jr. Princesses

Each week in The Female Gaze, Faith Newport engages the trends, events, and issues that affect women—and the men who care about them.I've been noticing lately that "princess culture" has been getting a bad rap, and I'll admit it's mostly well-deserved. However, some of my favorite fictional heroines as a girl were, in fact, princesses—girls with sass, class, and some pretty hardcore fighting skills! So, just in case you know any little girls about to outgrow the two-dimensional characters fav … [Read more...]

The Female Gaze: A Time for Justice

Each week in The Female Gaze, Faith Newport engages the trends, events, and issues that affect women—and the men who care about them.An open letter to Master Sgt. Greg Pendleton.Dear Sir,As a concerned American citizen, I am writing to you in regard to the rape scandal that has recently emerged on the Lackland Air Force Base and the comments that you made in response to the incident in question.You, Master Sgt., were quoted as saying the following: “A person sitting in that seat, they’re … [Read more...]


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