Liberating Liturgies: From Vows to Action, Part I (by Keisha McKenzie)

This week I am happy to host Keisha McKenzie as part of my Liberating Liturgies series. In this two part guest post, which I will be publishing over the next couple of days. These posts were originally published at the Journey Fellowship website, and at McKenzie's own blog. If you're interested in writing your own Liberating Liturgy, check out this post with some instructions, read some examples, and email me at In the mean time, enjoy today's guest post, and check back in t … [Read more...]

Queer Theology Synchroblog: “And Though I Find Here No Permanent Dwelling…”

It's unusual for me to publish three blog posts in one day, but today's a special day: The 2014 Queer Theology Synchroblog! I've already shared a guest post from P, and another one from Jamie S Hill. You should go read those if you haven't already. But I thought I'd also add my own thoughts here. Be sure to also check out the Queer Theology website for more great work by some awesome queer and trans folk! ----- "By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after … [Read more...]

Queer Theology Synchroblog: “Dancing with my Shadow Side” by Jamie S Hill

I have another guest post for you today, for the 2014 Queer Theology Synchroblog! This post is by Jamie S Hill. Be sure to check out the other posts in this synchroblog over at the Queer Theology website!  ------ A recently publicly outed Bisexual (God made me do it on Facebook) who is happily married and mother of three and a daughter-in-law, and grandmother of one. Raised a pastor's kid, I've been in this battle a long time. "If you want to learn how to box, then good footwork is the … [Read more...]

Queer Theology Synchroblog: A Guest Post by P

Today I have two (possibly three...we'll see) posts for you, in honor of the 2014 Queer Theology Synchroblog! The theme this year is Coming and Going. I'm proud to host this guest post by P. Stay tuned later today for another guest post (and possibly a post by me, if I can work up the courage and energy!), and be sure to check out the other synchroblog entries at the Queer Theology website!  ___Last week, for some reason, my mother and I talked about reading. "You would read the … [Read more...]

“Hymens are for Forming Blood Covenants” and Other Things I’ve Learned from Christian Dating Books

I have read a lot of Christian dating books.You may have already read about some of these in my "You Are Not Your Own" series here on the blog (and now you can read about them in my academically published, peer-reviewed research article!). I still read them because they're fun to mock (I know, I know, that's so professional and academic of me), and because it's interesting to see how many Christian dating books have similar characteristics to the books I have officially res … [Read more...]

A Review of “The Wilderness of Motherhood”

"What I want to see is the card with the naked warrior woman, flecked in blood and gore, with her sword in one hand and her other holding her baby to her hip. I want to see the corpses of defeated demons at her feet. After birthing my son, that is motherhood to me." --Lora Freeman Williams  Lora Freeman Williams recently sent me a copy of her new book The Wilderness of Motherhood to read and review. This book is a memoir of her experiences as a mother, and how those experiences were shaped by he … [Read more...]

Liberating Liturgies: Virgin Mary and the Purity Myth

I have some more thoughts on Liberating Liturgies for you today. I'm going to keep on talking about my (not the, but my) feminist Apostles' Creed, and why I rewrote this creed the way I did. I've already talked about some imagery for God that I find extremely empowering: God Our Mother Bear and Sophia. Now I'm going to talk about something a little different: Mary, the mother of Jesus.I believe in God, our Mother Bear,   source of all being. I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s wisdom made flesh, … [Read more...]

Liberating Liturgies: Who Is Sophia?

I've got another guest post for Liberating Liturgies coming  up next week. In the meantime, I'll continue talking about my own Liberating Liturgies. I'm still going through my rewritten Apostles' Creed and explaining why I changed what I changed and why I chose what I chose. In my last post I explained why I am drawn to the imagery of God Our Mother Bear. Today, I'm going to move on and talk about a couple more of my choices. First, my (not the) Feminist Apostles' Creed, for anyone who missed it … [Read more...]

Liberating Liturgies: Blessed Be (A Guest Post By Lesley-Anne Evans)

Today's Liberating Liturgy is drawn from the Beatitudes, and comes to us from poet, Lesley-Anne Evans. I know you'll enjoy it!Lesley-Anne Evans is Belfast, Northern Ireland born, and suburban Toronto, Ontario raised. She holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, and designed theme parks for Disney and Universal Studios. In 1993, Lesley-Anne relocated to Kelowna, British Columbia, in search of wild things and slow spaces. She lives with her husband of 27 years, three young adult children, an … [Read more...]

Liberating Liturgies: A Creed By Ryan Kenji Kuramitsu

For today's Liberating Liturgy, I am happy to share with you a creed from Ryan Kenji Kuramitsu. I really love this creed--it draws from sources as various as Charles Wesley and Samuel L. Jackson. I hope you'll enjoy it as well.  Ryan Kenji Kuramitsu is a writer, activist, and undergraduate student at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where he studies Social Work and Spanish.  Kenji is a multiracial Christian who is passionate about event planning, being an RA, and connecting with p … [Read more...]