I’m happy.

I'm happy.It feels good to say that and really mean it. Life has been a struggle ever since I can remember--healing from abuse suffered as a child and as a teenager--and life is still a struggle.But I feel like I'm winning.For the first time in my life I feel like I'm winning. I am healing. I am at peace with who I am as a person and as a woman, thanks to feminism. I am at peace with my spirituality thanks to a few good churches and thanks to Universalism and feminist theology. I feel … [Read more...]

Plans for 2013

I know I haven't written in this ol' blog as often as I should. Life's been busy and exhausting. I keep telling myself I'll get back to this someday, and I really do believe that's true--especially since I'll soon be quitting the fast food job that sucks away 90% of my energy and creativity.You folks can hold me to it. I'm a writer, damn it. I need to write.So here's some of my New Year goals for the blog:*Start a reread of The Bible, reading it not as a Biblical literalist with something … [Read more...]

When I don’t want to be a Christian anymore, I just believe in love

I believe in love.I feel that I must take a moment to define my term as best as I can here. I'm not talking about romance or affection or coziness or anything else that we all sometimes call love.I mean the force that moves us to see others as fully human. The force that moves us to care, and to hope for (and more importantly work for) a world where everyone is seen as (and treated as) fully human.Love, the absence of abuse, oppression, discrimination, exploitation.Love, the absence of … [Read more...]

Why?

Trigger Warning for discussion of Sandy Hook Elementary shootingsWhy?I guess that's what everyone's wondering in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings this week. Why did this happen? Could we have prevented it? How can we stop it from happening again?As an activist, I turn my eyes to social structures, to laws, to ideologies of domination. I think of words from Martin Luther King Jr., from so many years ago, that apply still today: "we must be concerned not merely about … [Read more...]

A church “building project” that made a difference

Many churches get super excited about building projects.┬áThese projects are supposed to represent big changes to the church, new ideas, progress, and relevance.Even the fundamentalist churches I've attended got excited about building projects, though these usually involved new gymnasiums where we could play the A.W.A.N.A "run around the circle and then go in for the beanbag" games rather than stadium seats or new stages for the worship band.Still, the idea is the same. If we build THIS, they … [Read more...]


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