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...]

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...]

Intangible Christianity

I was raised to believe that salvation was a shadow of things to come. An image of an otherworldly kingdom that could never be realized (even in part) on earth. Jesus' death on the cross was an ethereal magic trick... ...that somehow, in some way washed away our sins. But our sins were still here.  We still sinned. That didn't matter. They were washed away in the realm of the almighty. Covered somehow by a metaphorical river of blood. This was always explained as a "great mystery." … [Read more...]

Guest Post at Travis Mamone’s blog!

Hey y'all! I wrote a guest post for Travis Mamone on fragile faith that can't handle questions. If our faith is at the point where it is not truly living, but a vegetable that can’t survive without a constant connection to the things that we’ve always “known” to be true, maybe it’s time to pull the plug. Maybe it’s time to let our sickly faith die in peace. If we are so afraid of questions that we can’t help people who need our help and love people who need our love, then our faith … [Read more...]

Sometimes I yell at God.

I hesitate to write this post, since, with my previous posts about cutting, I am well on my way to becoming the stereotypical depressed blogger, and I prefer to refrain from things that are stereotypical. But, let's be real here. It's been a painful year. I've had to get up just to get kicked back down; I've had to turn around and face a past that's been lurking behind me my entire life; I've had to pull more than a few knives out of my back; I've had to rely on a mustard seed of faith to … [Read more...]