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: Anselm of Canterbury, and Jesus Our Mother

Today's Liberating Liturgy comes from an interesting source: Anselm of Canterbury, a monk who lived from 1033-1109 C.E.  I found this Liberating Liturgy quoted in She Who Is, by Elizabeth A. Johnson (pg 151--emphasis mine): But you too, good Jesus, are you not also a mother?Are you not a mother who like a hen gathers her chicks beneath her wings? ....And you, my soul, dead in yourself,run under the wings of Jesus your motherand lament your griefs under his feathers.Ask that y … [Read more...]

Liberating Liturgies: A Creed and a Call

A Creed... Recently, while at work, I was thinking about the Apostles’ Creed, and how I cannot say the words in it anymore and actually mean them. So, when I got home from work, I sat down and rewrote it. I decided to share my rewritten creed on Facebook. I’d already rewritten and shared a few Bible verses in a similar manner, and my friend Rod asked when I was going to turn these into blog posts. Well, there’s no time like the present. Here’s what I wrote:I believe in God, our Mother Bea … [Read more...]

Reclaiming “Third Way”

I’ve reached a point in my life where I cringe whether I hear someone talk about a “Third Way.” Regardless of the context, this term is often used by privileged white men as a way to avoid responsibility, ignore power structures, and decenter marginalized people in order to protect the feelings of the privileged. The white men who tell black protesters not to be so angry, because, you know, MLK!  The ones that believe an abused woman using self-defense against her abuser is just as “sinful” in … [Read more...]

Join Killjoy Prophets for #Marissa418

[Content Note: Discussion of Police and State Violence]  Growing up in (primarily, or nearly exclusively white) churches, I had often heard that the most important words in the world were the words of Jesus. We had Bibles that highlighted his words in red, and we memorized verse after verse after verse. And yet, I'd never heard much about Luke 4:18:The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because she has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. She has sent me to proclaim freedom for the … [Read more...]

#FaithFeminisms: I Know God Because I Know Feminism

I've heard many Christian feminists say that they are a feminist because of Jesus—because of their Christianity. I think that's great. It's not my story, however. I am not a feminist because of Jesus. I am a Christian because of feminism..Before I began to view my Christian faith through a feminist lens, I was convinced that there was no redeeming it. I grew up in conservative Christian fundamentalism, going to a church and Christian high school that I consider abusive and cult-like. Even a … [Read more...]

Why Do We Blame The Victim?: We Want To Control Others’ Behavior

This is my third, and final post in a series I’ve been doing about victim blaming. Why, as a society, do we tend to blame victims of terrible or unfortunate circumstances for the bad things that happen to them, as if it is their fault?My church has been covering this topic in it’s latest sermon series (which you can listen to online). Also, I’ve been taking a seminary class on the Psalms and Wisdom Literature, which contain some interesting, and often contradictory messages about victim blami … [Read more...]

Suicidal Thoughts are Symptoms, Not Sins!

[Content Note: Discussion of suicide. Victim blaming for mental illness. Discussion of death due to illness]There are, unfortunately, still some Christians out there who wouldn’t hesitate to call a death due to illness, accident, or any other tragedy “sinful.” Every now and then you’ll run across the person who believes that someone died of cancer because they lacked faith in God’s healing power, or that someone died in a car wreck because God was punishing them for sin.I think most self- … [Read more...]

Lauren Winner’s Real Sex, and the Church’s Responsibility to Single Parents

If you’ve been following this blog for any amount of time, you’ll know I have this thing about Christian dating/marriage books. By that I mean, I did my undergraduate research capstone on rape culture in Christian dating/marriage books. I’ve published a whole series about my research that you can read on this blog called “You Are Not Your Own: Rape, Sexual Assault, and Consent in Evangelical Christian Dating Books.”When I started doing this blog series, I also started getting recommendations … [Read more...]

“Bush Vs. Beard Contest:” Misogyny in Jesus Feminist Men

I'm glad that mainstream Evangelical Christianity is starting to talk about feminism and women's rights. I really am. I smile whenever I go into Barnes and Noble and see Jesus Feminism or A Year Of Biblical Womanhood on the same shelf as works by Mark Driscoll and Joshua Harris. It gives me some hope for humanity.But progressive evangelicals/post-evangelicals need to stop pretending that, just because we read Rachel Held Evan's blog everyday, or held up a sign that said, "....and I am a Jesu … [Read more...]


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