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Sarah Graduating

I know I haven't been the most consistent blogger lately. I promise I have reasons!My first reason is that I've been busy, oh you know, GRADUATING FROM COLLEGE. Well, not completely. I have 2.5 summer classes left to take. But I walked in my school's graduation ceremony this last Saturday, and it was satisfying. Graduating from college has involved finishing up an internship with Alternatives for Girls, doing my normal finals, and then finishing up my senior research capstone. I'm taking an … [Read more...]

Guest Post for Alise Write

Hi friends!My research project is done, my exams are finished, and (though I still have a few summer classes to take) I'll be walking in the Oakland University graduation ceremony at 4 pm today. I think it's time I start blogging again.So, let's mark my triumphant return with a guest post for the wonderful Alise Write! I've written for Alise about how I've navigated my relationship with my fiance, Abe, as we both travel along in our individual faith journeys. When I first met my fiancé, … [Read more...]

Hello there, Patheos!

I think I want you to meet my family. Am I moving too quickly? I just have a really good feeling about us!

When I was a kid growing up in an independent, fundamental Baptist church, spirituality was a dirty word. When many independent fundamental Baptists thinks of "spirituality," they think of pantheism, paganism, postmodernism, and Harry Potter (Harry Potter is, of course, the worst of these). To the fundamental Baptists I knew, "spiritual" people were often depicted as lazy hippie-liberals who refused to commit to a specific religious belief so that they could justify having all the sex they … [Read more...]

We are thin spaces.

Sarah and her cat

I've been reading N.T. Wright's Surprised by Hope for several months now (with my internship, my research project, plus school and work, it's been a slow process). In one section he discusses an idea of the "theology of space." His discussion mostly revolves around whether or not churches should continue to have buildings.I have a lot of mixed feelings about church buildings, personally. I was sexually abused in a church nursery as a child, so for most of my life just walking into a church b … [Read more...]

On blogging and research projects

Sorry that the blog has been silent as of late. I'm on the last stretch of finishing up a big research project on rape and sexual assault in Christian dating/relationship books. I've got a title: "'You Are Not Your Own:' Rape, Sexual Assault, and Consent in Evangelical Christian Dating Books." I've also got FINDINGS: 1. Benevolent Sexism, Traditional Gender Roles, and Dehumanization (of men AND women) create an environment ripe for rape myth acceptance. 2. Bodily Autonomy is denied to women, as s … [Read more...]


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