What Is a Church?


Jill of Feministe wrote an excellent article in the Guardian last week: Giving Thanks for My "Church", Where the Civic Meets the SpiritualWhether you believe, whatever you believe, we need churches - space for reflection and nourishment - and they deserve support This Thanksgiving, I'm grateful for my church.I'm grateful I have a space that offers moral guidance, that reflects and builds upon my values, that pushes me to be a kinder and more generous person and that offers me a s … [Read more...]

What if Abortion Were Illegal?


If abortion were illegal, women forced to keep unwanted pregnancies would sink below the poverty level and find themselves stuck in abusive relationships. If abortion were illegal, women who miscarry would be viewed with suspicion, and if it was determined that the woman played any role in the miscarriage, they would be jailed, and perhaps even prosecuted for manslaughter. The rest of the western world would look on in horror. If abortion were illegal, profiteering doctors would set up shop … [Read more...]

“An it harm none, do what ye will”


Sometimes atheists who hear my story respond by saying "wouldn't it be great if your whole family deconverts?" The first time someone said this, my gut response surprised me, because it told me something I didn't realize. You see, I honestly don't care whether or not my siblings become atheists, and I feel the same way regarding my children. I do, however, care a great deal about whether they are caring, compassionate, loving people who do good and not harm to both others and themselves. I'm … [Read more...]

The Pill over the Counter and Birth Control Accessibility

the pill

I am absolutely thrilled by the American College of OBGYNs' recent recommendation that the birth control pill be available over the counter. From the press release: Oral contraceptives (OCs) should be sold over the counter (OTC) in drugstores without a doctor’s prescription, according to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College). Easier access to OCs should help lower the nation’s high unintended pregnancy rate, a rate that has not changed over the past 20 years and c … [Read more...]

On Body Image and Superheroes

love your body

Right after Thanksgiving and heading into the holidays, right now might not seem like a very good time to talk about body image. But then again, maybe it's actually the best time to talk about body image.As you probably already know, I had a baby last summer. Let's just say that my body image was at an all-time low. And it didn't help that Sally would sit on my lap, poke my abdomen, and say "your belly is squishy, mommy"! I have always had a horrible body image. As a teen, I was convinced … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: One Ugly Hillbilly


Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 27-28Throughout her book, Debi's attitude toward women is bizarre. In this passage, Debi tells a story to illustrate her point about the importance of having a cheerful spirit. But like all of the stories Debi tells, this one comes off as just, well, off somehow. A few years back there was an overweight hillbilly woman who worked in the local store of our hometown. Every time we went into the hardware store, several men would be standing around the counter … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving, according to Mark Twain

Mark Twain

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I'm sure you're all enjoying your Turkey and pumpkin pie, but I thought I'd offer something to read in case you need a break from family and frivolity. Below are two quotes about Thanksgiving from famous nineteenth century humorist Mark Twain, whom I absolutely adore. Happy reading!This first quotation is from Twain's autobiography: Thanksgiving Day, a function which originated in New England two or three centuries ago when those people recognized that they r … [Read more...]