Crying ‘Mercy’: Christian Women & Mental Health

One of the reasons I started the Femmevangelical blog was to reflect out loud about my own fraught spiritual journey from rule-based fundamentalist evangelical Christianity, to progressive-thinking Christianity and interfaith activism, to an even wider and more inclusive worldview of the cosmic significance of the love and justice Jesus brought to society, and the impact [Read More…]

3 ways Bill Maher is a hard-core Femmevangelical

  You might be thinking, Bill Maher is a an atheist, lady. But honestly, as a Christian minister, I have to say he’s a model Christian, too. 1. He knows what Jesus actually stood for. And it wasn’t war, violence, misogyny, corruption, bullying, self-centeredness or discrimination. Maher has always seen the irony of a traditional [Read More…]

Who’s the Man?

What happens when a few good men decide manhood needs an overhaul?  Last month I mentioned the enlightening and sometimes shocking discussion that unfolded during the all-male panel moderated by Eve Ensler [a sold-out event at the Paley Center for Media] called “Breaking the Male Code: After Steubenville, A Call to Action.” (You can see the [Read More…]

Your Very Cells Call the Divine into Ending Our Rape Culture

After my last post about the Patheos theme of “Defining Moments” Mike Helbert left the comment, “It’s been awhile!” (Thanks for your note Mike!) It’s been awhile because I’ve been speechlessly saddened over the past several weeks as I listened to news story after story about young women committing suicide after being raped, often not [Read More…]

Call Me Crazy: Daring to Discern God in My Odd Defining Moments

My three most significant defining moments over the past decade have had one thing in common: they involved the decision to listen to some “crazy” people and ignore some “smart” ones. Learning to discern whose wacky wisdom to take to heart and whose sober advice to set aside has been a precarious curve, but the [Read More…]