How do you like the site redesign?

As you may have noticed (or not, if you use a reader), Patheos has upgraded its entire site, and the blogs got a bit of a redo in the process. For one thing, they're a bit more integrated into Patheos as a whole, and for another thing, they're a bit more connected to the other blogs in their channel (Love Joy Feminism is in the atheist channel).While I can't control most of the site design, I can play with the widgets in the sidebar. Let me know if there's anything you'd like to see there … [Read more...]

Oh the Dangers of Daycare!

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I grew up being taught that daycare was the place where selfish moms go to abandon their children. I thought children who were in daycare were miserable, deprived, and stunted. And the same went for preschool as well. I believed that being carefully tended by a state at home mom was the only right option, the only wan to turn out healthy and well-adjusted children, and the only godly option.And then I reached a point where I had no option but to send my daughter to daycare. I was nervous. I … [Read more...]

Progressive Christian Resources?

I have a friend who grew up in fundamentalist and evangelical circles and has never been exposed to Christianity outside of that. She told me recently that she isn't sure she can call herself a Christian anymore, and I asked what she meant. She told me that still believes in God, and in sin and the need for redemption, and in Jesus' saving sacrifice. But, she said, she also supports GLBTQ rights and gender equality. When I told her that there are Christians who believe the same, she was s … [Read more...]

Melissa’s Series Part 4: When It Doesn’t Add Up

Part 4 of Melissa’s story, Unwrapping the Onion, is now posted. This one is titled When It Doesn't Add Up. Here is an excerpt: In my research I had begun to uncover stories of gay people throughout history, and not only that, transgender people were around too. Throughout history is a whole list of people who upon their deaths were discovered to have anatomy which did not conform with the gender they had publicly lived as. Some of these persons were quite famous such as Chevalier d'Eon, a Fre … [Read more...]

On the importance of realizing you are not alone

When I first went through my struggles with my family and proclaimed my independence, I thought I was alone. I thought I was the only conservative homeschool kid to take the path I did and go through the trouble I had faced. I thought I was an oddball, alone, without anyone I could really identify with.And then, shortly after beginning graduate school, I met Anna (name changed for privacy reasons). Anna was homeschooled, she attended the same sort of homeschool camps that I went to, and she … [Read more...]

Worthwhile Reads: Titanic, Welfare Moms, and God

As Politicus reports, Vision Forum Ministries is Pimping the Titanic for Christ. You may be getting tired of reading about this, but I thought I’d offer one more anyway. :-)The Slactivist calls out the recent rhetoric about Anne Romney by asking whether whether the Republicans realize they’ve just called for the repeal of welfare reform.Incongruous Circumspection explains why he talks about God and religion even as an agnostic in his post, If You Don’t Believe in God or the Bible, Shut Up … [Read more...]

“Are You Teaching Her About Jesus?”

A letter from a relative recently asked me this question with regards to my daughter: "Are you teaching her about Jesus?" The trouble is, this is an older relative that I love deeply. She has never been anything but kind to me. I really don't want to hurt her. But when I eventually answer that question, and truthfully - I don't feel I can lie - I know that I will hurt her, a lot.Now for the moment, I am planning to just not answer her question. It was one line in a newsy letter, and I don't … [Read more...]


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