Welcoming Depression into the Church [Guest Post]

From Hyperbole and a Half

This is a guest post by Christian H of The Thinking Grounds, and is appearing here as part of our symposium on Loving Parishioners in their Particularity – discussing how the church community can focus its approach on serving people in different life circumstances.In the US, about 3 to 5% of people—averaged over age, sex, etc.—have depression, and about 17% will have depression or have had depression. (I’m not American, but I imagine the statistics are comparable in most WEIRD countries.) … [Read more...]

Saying Hello Under the Shadow of Street Harrassment

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This post is part of a symposium on Loving Parishioners in their Particularity -- discussing how the church community can focus its approach on serving people in different life circumstances. In partnership with Hollaback!, Shoshana B. Roberts walked silently around NYC for 10 hours, with a confederate taping the things men said to her.  Predictably, she is now receiving rape threats for creating the video below.I can certainly attest that her experience matches mine -- I got … [Read more...]

Loving Parishioners in their Particularity [Symposium Index]

Help Wanted

Kat Fernandez of The Crescat wrote recently about the experience of feeling ignored by the church as a single mother.  Especially during the Synod on the family, she felt invisible, except, sometimes as a warning: Single parents work all day, and spend all evening taking care of our children, so we don’t have the time or resources to rally on our own behalf; in fact, we shouldn’t have to. We shouldn’t be protesting and writing articles on the internet about how we’ve gotten overlooked yet again. … [Read more...]

Avoiding Rape-Adjacent Sex

From Strong Female Protagonist

I've seen a bunch of pieces about California's proposed Yes-Means-Yes law (which only applies to public college disciplinary hearing, not criminal standards), saying that the proposed law, requiring affirmative consent, isn't realistic.  Sex is too ambiguous for students to be confident, in any given hookup, whether they're having kosher sex or committing rape in the eyes of the law.I do believe them that there's plenty of sex happening now, that isn't experienced as rape by either partner, t … [Read more...]

Gradualism in the Gym and the Bedroom

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A number of responses written to the recent Synod have been focused on the merits and drawbacks of a gradualist approach to sin and error.  Gradualism is usually understood as asking people to make small changes, as they try to come back into communion with the church, even if that means praising people for making a change that still involves a serious sin, just one that's smaller in degree than their old habit.  It's a way of making sure you're welcoming people into a hospital for sinners, r … [Read more...]

Why Have Gender-Segregated Sports at All?

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After yesterday's post on the female athlete who's been banned from competition for having too much testosterone, several commenters asked what criteria I would use to distinguish male and female athletes, in lieu of the testosterone titer test.  Jake wrote: I feel like you've skipped the most important part though. What the IOC is really saying is that they've picked a definition of what it means to be eligible to compete in women's sports, and that definition includes some constraint on h … [Read more...]

Harrison Bergeron-ing a Too-Exceptional Sprinter

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There's an article in the NYT today covering one of my philosophy of the body hobbyhorses.  Dutee Chand, an 18-year old champion sprinter, has been told she must have surgery or start a drug regimen in order to be allowed to compete in official races.  The problem? Her body naturally produces more testosterone than usual, and administrators worry it gives her an unfair advantage: Arne Ljungqvist, the longtime chairman of the I.O.C.’s medical commission, said a hyperandrogenism policy was nece … [Read more...]


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