Susan Cottrell wrote True Colors to help LGBTQ people heal relationships with parents, family, others

“For anyone who has been spiritually hurt by the church, by parents or family members, Susan Cottrell’s True Colors is a personal, intimate, powerful tool for genuine self-healing.” - Meghan Stabler, National Board of Directors, The Human Rights Campaign.  SUSAN COTTRELL’S NEW BOOK IS HERE! Please read this excerpt then buy the book.  Here's an excerpt: When our daughter first came out to us, we had a problem on our hands. Our conservative church tradition does not allow what they would call “ga … [Read more...]

Frank ” show us some other work!” OKAY

  I get glimpses of your other work in your videos - and would like to see more of it, too. The flowers are beautiful - but show us some other work!Frank Schaeffer added 2 new photos. Published by Hal Fickett · 30 mins ·In the market for beautiful artwork? For a limited time only, I'm offering to personally give live virtual tours of my gallery via Skype or FaceTime. Email me at to set up an appointme … [Read more...]

What Is BAD (and Good) Sex & Art?

Bad art and bad sex matter for the same reason that bad religion matters. A brain can get used to anything. Once we’re used to something, it starts to seem okay. That capacity to normalize failures is why there are people who think that child abuse is “just discipline,” a Big Mac is “good food,” a rotting shark is “good art,” and hooking up with a predatory stranger is “good sex.”The same pattern of brain damage happens to the millions of people like me who were hurt as children by certain fo … [Read more...]

Please Join me at the Wild Goose Festival (get 30% off your ticket too!)

I’d like to thank you for being a part of my life and thus part of my favorite event: the Wild Goose Festival this year! I donate my time to WG each year and pay my own expenses to get there as well as speak at WG, because I always am refreshed. This is my once-a-year church/cleanse/rejuvenate session. Join me please, maybe even buy me a beer! Will you help me spread this word? Please share the good news about Wild Goose with your network. You can share this also: when you or your friends use t … [Read more...]

Watch! Enjoy! I’ve been singing this all day!

Here is a video composed and sung by my nephew Ranald Macaulay's children. They live in the UK where he teaches and his wife is a musician. Their son Simeon came up with the first part to this song while driving in their car. Noah their other son, then made up the following verses in bed while going to sleep. Dorry (their very talented musical mother) then put it all together and made a video. Enjoy! I've been singing this all day!Frank Schaeffer is a writer. His latest book --WHY I AM AN A … [Read more...]

Put it this way: church may be a son-of-a-bitch, but it’s my son-of-a-bitch!

Some of my secular (or lapsed ex-religious) friends don’t get why I “still” go to church. When they say, “Frank, God’s only in your head!” my answer is, “Yeah, whatever. What isn’t?”Or as the poet Yehuda Amichai writes in Gods Come and Go, Prayers Remain Forever:I say with perfect faiththat prayers precede God.Prayers created God.God created man,And man creates prayersthat create God who creates man.My question isn’t, “Did I create God who creates me?” but, “Do I n … [Read more...]

Join Me At the Wild Goose Festival (again) my Favorite Yearly Event Let’s Have a Beer (or three) Together!

Will you join me (again) at the Wild Goose Festival (my favorite event!) July 9-12 2015WILDGOOSEFESTIVAL.ORGWild Goose Festival Spirit. Justice. Music. Arts.Facebook Twitter VimeoAbout Festival 2015 Get Involved Contact Donate TicketsSpeakers 2015© 2015 Wild Goose FestivalWild Goose Festival Spirit. … [Read more...]

The Real Meaning of “Mother’s Day” (Yes, I’m a male 62-year-old MOM)

 "Our shared experience of vulnerability erases the age and gender differences between the young mothers and me. We share a fearful solidarity; call it the flip side of love..."(You are reading an excerpt from my book. Here is a FREE BOOK OFFER.  Here is an excerpt from my book WHY I AM AN ATHEIST WHO BELIEVES IN GOD: How to give love, create beauty and find peace. It Will be FREE on KINDLE MAY 9 to MAY 11. )Picking up my grandchildren Lucy (5) and Jack (3) from kindergarten and … [Read more...]