Hello all. I’m doing a piece for America on what you might call “alternative kinship.” Nonmarital, nonsexual forms of belonging and making family, which take place in a Christian context. The ones I’m most interested in are those adorned with ritual and formal promises, like the vows of friendship Wes Hill describes in his excellent Spiritual Friendship, but I’d also be interested in other ways people build practical and spiritual ties outside of marriage and religious orders/priesthood.
If you’re willing to be interviewed, please email me firstname.lastname@example.org . And if you know someone who might fit the bill, please share this with them! I’d like to get as many voices as possible.