The cross and radical activism

She Stopped Eating

The idea that Jesus chose, out of his own free will, to go to the cross is a favorite among abusive church leaders. What better way to get people to submit to you than to compare the God they worship to a lamb led to slaughter? Over and over and over I've heard Jesus' submissiveness unto death used as an excuse to abuse or to silence those who wish to call out abuse. I want to propose a different perspective and I want to start with a woman named Alice Paul. In 1917, women in the United … [Read more...]

Crucifixion and Liberation

Image by Aaron Douglas

[Trigger warnings for abuse, rape, and violence against oppressed groups] I recently wrote a blog post for Rachel Held Evans in which I talked about how many popular images of God are abusive. Someone left this comment: I read something once -and it has troubled me since - that God requiring Jesus to die on the cross 'for our sins' was the equivalent of child abuse. I would love to hear some opinions on this matter. A few commenters jumped in to say that since Jesus IS God, it was a … [Read more...]

Creationism, Evolution, and Doing Justice to God

Art by Gerald Shepard

I've been reading Kenneth Miller's book Finding Darwin's God for a class I'm taking. Although I've been out of fundamentalism long enough (about two years) for most of this information to be old news to me, some parts have challenged me to think about how low of an opinion of God I had as a fundamentalist.   In the chapter I just finished, "God the Charlatan," Miller (who is himself both a scientist and a believer in God) takes on the fundamentalist idea that God created the earth with … [Read more...]

Spiritual Abuse Awareness Week: My Guest Post at Rachel Held Evans

Today I'm guest posting at Rachel Held Evans' blog, talking about abuse and images of God. God is love. I believe that with my whole heart. But what is God? And what is love? We need to ask ourselves these questions and think deeply about them before we can even begin to start solving the problem of abuse in the Christian church. Read the rest at RachelHeldEvans.com! … [Read more...]

Spiritual Abuse Awareness Week: Violences are Connected

Back in February, Sen. Marco Rubio explained why he opposed the Violence Against Women Act: I could not support the final, entire legislation that contains new provisions that could have potentially adverse consequences. Specifically, this bill would mandate the diversion of a portion of funding from domestic violence programs to sexual assault programs. Rubio has this idea, apparently, that different types of abuse have nothing to do with one another. Not a surprising conclusion in a world … [Read more...]

Must reads!

Lots of posts that I want to share this week. I hope you'll check them out, as they are all important! They discuss a wide variety of topics, from God, to rape culture, to The Wizard of Oz, to racism/homophobia, to the dangers of fraternizing with bears. "For most of my Christian experience, I’ve only ever heard God described in verbs. Very busy verbs." "If you want to know why we need to educate men not to be sexually aggressive, look no further than what happened when Zerlina Maxwell went … [Read more...]

My body remembers

[TRIGGER WARNINGS: Rape and Abuse] As many of you know, in highschool I spent a year in an abusive relationship. Some of my memories of my abuse are vague and foggy. But then other memories I remember well. The ones I remember the most clearly are the ones I remember not only in my mind, but in the rest of my body as well. As I think about my connection with my body, and I think about my commitment to reconnect with and love my body for Lent, I also have to think of the ways my body has been … [Read more...]

On equality, humility, and privilege: A response to Matt Appling

When I first began blogging, one blogger that I both read and respected was Matt Appling of "The Church of No People." He was even on my blogroll for quite awhile. I start with this because I want you to know that I once thought like he did. I was raised to think like he did, and I'm sure he was raised in a similar way. I want you to understand, before I write this response, that I do so with as much understanding and empathy as I can sum up, because I've "been there." But I want to write this … [Read more...]

Must Reads!

Here are some posts from the past week or so that you simply must read. [Note: Several of these have a trigger warning] Maybe I’m not outraged. I’m exhausted and open and exposed and a lot of other people are too because we are wounds that get picked at and picked at and picked at one day, there won’t be anything left to heal. When we blame women for the reactions of men – whether it is to their art, to their clothing, to their “unladylike” behavior like riding public transit … [Read more...]

For Grandma (Rest in Peace)

I wrote this piece for my grandmother about a year ago. She was not expected to live through the night that I wrote this. She ended up living another year because, what can I say? My grandma was a tough cookie. She passed away this morning, but this time I did get a chance to make a phone call and talk to her one last time. She's at peace. I'm at peace. I'm reposting this for her. I guess this is the goodbye that I won’t get to tell you.I’m here stuck at school studying for my exams that … [Read more...]


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