Microagressions

  According to Dictionary.com, a microaggression is “a subtle, but offensive comment or action directed at a minority or other non-dominant group that is often unintentional, or unconsciously reinforces a stereotype.” This isn’t actually a new idea. The term was created by the psychiatrist Chester M. Pierce in 1970. I have heard many people dismiss the idea or say that it is just another silly part of politically correct culture. My first response to that is, why is it such… Read more

A Little Bapticostal Misfit Bible Study

I absolutely adored Bible studies as a young evangelical. Finding my way into the progressive world, I desire to still dig in the Bible. So, here’s my first little Bible Study for you and your friends. Have fun with this! I’m totes just asking questions, and I’d like for you to reflect on the answers you dig up. 1. What were the scriptures Jesus would have accessed? A) Do you access those scriptures regularly? B) how do they inform your… Read more

Splendid are those: Falling in love with Vehicle City

Today marks almost exactly one month that I’ve been in Flint. I am the interim minister at the Unitarian Universalist congregation there. People read about Flint in the news, see videos about it on the internet and TV, but the real Flint is different from even that. The real Flint has a legacy of factories that contributed to the boom of the automative industry in the United States. For better or for worse, that making and doing is an important… Read more

Oh, Church

As I see you standing there. I’m not sure what to do. I wasn’t expecting you. You never said goodbye. You never checked to see what happened. You never knew the answer. As to why I left. Why I walked away. Why I felt I couldn’t stay. It was all too much. It all fell apart. All I could do was go. I never thought I’d leave you. Never thought I’d say goodbye. I never thought there’d be a day… Read more

We Need to Care About the Dakota Access Pipeline

German Shepherds have always freaked me out. I remember being  about 7 years old and watching a documentary about the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s with my father and seeing footage and pictures of men, women, and children, all of whom shared my dark skin, being attacked by German Shepherds in the street during a protest. I remember being confused about why the police were not stopping the dogs, and then I realized the police were telling the dogs… Read more

Progressive Evangelical Female’s story of pornography and sexual addiction

I am a progressive evangelical. I like to think of myself as a baptiscostal floating around in the mainline churches. What do I mean by that? I mean that: I take the Bible seriously. I don’t worship the bible, and I don’t interpret it literally. I try to use exegesis, and historical context to interpret it. I love the Bible. I love it’s 3,000 plus verses on God’s decrees of Justice to the marginalized. I love creation and I try… Read more

Texting vs. Flirting with a Monk

It’s late and I would enjoy drifting off into dreamland but something in me feels unsettled, an inner agitation.  In the past, I would have allowed this to take root and my thoughts would encircle a ‘problem’. But now I know I can go inside to escape turmoil, establishing peace. Somehow we’ve forgotten that mental calm and balance are our natural default state. Getting centered can be done with meditation or replacing negative thougths with positive ones like a mantra…. Read more

Milwaukee and the Space Between

What is the name for the thing that happens when people ask you to do as they say, not as they do? What is the name of the thing that happens when people have a promise and a duty and they not only fail to fulfill it, they show disdain for their responsibilities? People who cry for peace but then act for war come to mind. All of these factors weigh heavy in the burning of Milwaukee. I’ve been there… Read more

Sexism in the Church

This topic was bound to come up given some of the things that are going on in the election. For instance, the complete dismissal by D.J.T. of women’s complaints against ex-FOX news head Roger Ailes. The blatant denial of anything inappropriate mixed with the complete dismissal of a woman’s word against a powerful man is a clear example of how sexism can exist in many subversive ways, even when HR policies are written to prevent it. And while we would… Read more

Jesus, the Cause of Division

The lectionary reading for this week is putting some folks on edge. It is Luke 12: 49-56, you can read it here. As a Christian who is deeply attached to the social justice and liberation narratives found in scripture, reading this text at face value was a little irksome. I will confess that I would much rather have Jesus say “Turn the other cheek” than, “I did not come to bring peace.” The deeper I looked, the more sense this… Read more