Phyllis Tickle

Farewell Phyllis

I met Phyllis Tickle at a conference about 10 years ago and we struck up a conversation about the work I was doing creating online church in Second Life. She was immediately fascinated and wanted me to create an avatar for her to explore the digital world. Later, she did indeed log in and wander around the weird little world of online church with complete and utter openness to the reality of virtual community. After that, every time I would see her at one Emergent event after another, she would e … [Read More...]


Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome: A book review

It seems nearly every week we hear another report about the demise of the church. Just Google the term "leaving church" and you'll get about 169,000,000 search results. For real, go try it. Posts range from why are people leaving, how to leave well, why not to leave, to to win members back and why those who have left aren't missing anything and have no interest in returning - ever.What many of these posts boil down to is that the church has hurt a lot of people who just can't stomach … [Read More...]


My cup runneth over

If you've read my blog recently or happen to be one of the unfortunate souls being subjected to my endlessly sappy Facebook feed, it should be pretty clear by now that I've lost my damn mind and fallen head over heels in love. I promise to return you to our regularly scheduled programming of exploring the intersection of being queer and Christian, speaking truth to power and other justice shaningating but for at least one more post…sigh :)As a woman of faith, it pains me to confess that I di … [Read More...]


What happens when two women walk into a South Texas courthouse to get a marriage license ?

About three days after the love imbued, justice bent, paradigm shifting decision of the Supreme Court of the United States welcoming same-sex couples into the covenant of marriage, I finally found my grown-up words amidst the heavenly chorus of joy and the clamoring cacophony of vitriol.In that post and in subsequent Facebook conversations I extended an invitation. What I wanted and still want is to carry with and for you the searing pain lashing otherwise beaming hearts as fundamentalists of … [Read More...]


A response to 40 questions for Christians now waving rainbow flags

An open letter to Kevin DeYoung of the Gospel Coalition Hi Kevin,You likely don't know me but I wanted to respond to your carefully thought-out blog post "40 Questions for Christians Now Waving Rainbow Flags” over at the Gospel Coalition.I really appreciate the time you put into thinking through some challenging questions to which a few folks have already offered cogent, faithful responses.I like this one by R.L. Stoller.And this one by Buzz Dixon is real cool, too.[update] - … [Read More...]

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Oh Happy Day!

On Friday, June 26, 2015 I was in Cleveland, OH setting up for a week of hanging out with a couple thousand of my Christian sisters in brothers in the United Church of Christ. People were puttering in the conference exhibit hall setting up various booths one might expect to find at a national church conference. Local church ministries, Sunday school supplies, clergy vestments, competing seminary admission counselors, creation care exhibits and even a compelling exhibit protesting solitary c … [Read More...]


Friends do not “think differently” about my humanity or “disagree” about my sacred worth

Every week, hell, nearly every day, I get called out in public or private on Facebookistan about my refusal to maintain "friendships" on Facebook with people who think differently than me or have a different opinion than me -ABOUT ME.It just doesn't make a lick of sense to me but like the fool I apparently am, I keep tryin' to 'splain it real plain like.Here is a real conversation, that happened in my Facebook inbox, today.Meet Julie.  Julie Rambow: Are you heterophobic? I t … [Read More...]

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An open letter to Senator Jason Rapert

So it looks like yet another ill-informed or fear-mongering politician is playing the "religious freedom" card in a very unique way. According to Arkansas Times, it seems he said Jason Rapert said this (just an snippet of the fabulous tantrum) about the 12th annual gay Pride parade in the town of Conway, AR ."This is truly one of the most offensive public displays against Christians you will find anywhere in our state and especially offensive because they have specifically chosen Sunday to t … [Read More...]


Regarding Evangelical Tony Campolo’s “acceptance” of gay, Christian couples

Today, Dr. Tony Campolo, an evangelical speaker and author (well known to the evangelical crowd) released a statement regarding his official change of heart and mind regarding gay couples and their acceptance in the church. In his post he says: “While I have always tried to communicate grace and understanding to people on both sides of the issue, my answer to that question has always been somewhat ambiguous. One reason for that ambiguity was that I felt I could do more good for my gay and les … [Read More...]


Regarding the Duggars – are you part of the problem or part of the solution?

Hell's bells, y'all, I really didn't want to end my blogging sabbatical and start up writing again on a stomach-churning, blood-pressure raising, angry-eyes note but damnit, the news of the Duggar disgrace continues to unfurl, so - here we are.I am worried to pieces about the girls who were repeatedly sexually assaulted and who now seem to be little more than flotsam to the very people who scream loudest about family values.I am pissed as hell at a couple of parents who willfully sacri … [Read More...]