Crucifixion and Liberation

[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...]

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...]

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...]

Loving my body for Lent

As a former fundamental Baptist, this is only my second year of observing Lent. Lent, when I was growing up, was one of those things that Catholics do because they don't really believe in Jesus (I don't think most Baptist preachers actually know any Catholics) and so they are enslaved to law and to rules and boundaries.I thought, as a Baptist, that I was so lucky to not be enslaved to rules like those Catholics were.Funny, considering the fact that when I was thinking this, I likely had on … [Read more...]

Must Reads!

It's been awhile since I've had the time to sit down and post links to my favorite blog posts. So I'm going to catch up today, and share some of my favorite posts from the past 2 or 3 weeks. Enjoy these smart people and their smart words!"If there is one thing that Western Christians and atheists have in common it is a shared legacy of colonizing bodies of color.""You can get a lot of people to do what you want them to do or believe what you want them to believe by saying God will be … [Read more...]

Why I’m a Unitarian Universalist

I want to talk about faith for a second.I'm a Unitarian Universalist. People often ask me what that means. Basically, it's an interfaith religion that celebrates diversity, yet finds unity. Unity is found, not an agreement on doctrine, theologies, images of God, etc. but on these seven principles (quoted from UUA.org):The inherent worth and dignity of every person; Justice, equity and compassion in human relations; Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our … [Read more...]

Account and Countenance

Trigger Warning for intimate partner violence/verbal abuse and spiritual abuseI'm on a guest-posting streak apparently, because today I'm over at Dianna Anderson's blog talking  about images of God for her Account and Countenance series. I look around me, years later, and I see a Church that is terrified to look its theology in the face. I see a Church that is somehow okay with having two drastically different definitions of love—one for humans and one for God. I see a Church that holds God to … [Read more...]

Let me be angry.

Trigger Warning for abuse and rape: I've been tired of fighting. Been feeling like nothing is coming through. Been terrified of being dismissed as an angry feminist. But being too filled with words--bursting at the seams with them. All the words I've held back because of fear and good ol' Christian niceties.All those words can't be contained anymore.Because things are wrong.Things are unfair.People are hurting.How can you just stand there?And there I go again. I guess I am just an … [Read more...]

Best of the week!

I didn't have time to do a "best of the week" post last week, so some of these are from last week too. Enjoy these great thoughts!Libby Anne talks about salvation anxiety over at Love, Joy, Feminism. And Amy Mitchell from Unchained Faith, along with Suzannah Paul from The Smitten Word have some insightful, bold opinions about emerging Christianity. Shay Kearns from Anarchist Reverend (a great blog that you should be reading) was ordained as an Old Catholic priest yesterday! Very excited for him. … [Read more...]

Why Chris Rosebrough is Wrong: A Case for Ordaining Women (Guest Post By Travis Mamone)

Here are some thoughts from my friend Travis Mamone (who blogs about cool stuff like Doctor Who and theology here!) on why popular arguments against the ordination of women fall flat and why sometimes it's best to just step away from "theological bullies." He included a picture of a fluffy animal to represent Rosebrough but I couldn't get it to load, so for now, here is my cat in a tiny top hat. Enjoy!Like many of my fellow emergent Christians, I once tried to pal it up with fundamentalist … [Read more...]


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