Amy Schumer is a Femmevangelical

Amy Schumer is a Femmevangelical August 3, 2015

She may be a brilliant comedian, but she’s just as effective when she’s serious. Schumer is using her considerable influence to talk about the theater shooting in Louisiana during a showing of her movie Trainwreck last month, which injured 11 and killed two young women. Standing by her cousin New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, she said, “We’re here today to say enough is enough… There is a common sense way to stop mass shootings.”

Sen. Schumer will introduce legislation “to create rewards and penalties for states that submit or don’t submit all records into the background check system,” among other things.

Being Femmevangelical is not about the religion a woman may or may not espouse. It’s about faith. Faith that things can change. Faith that there is momentum toward justice. Faith that we are going to see a new and better world in our lifetime. And the knowledge that we are the ones to bring it, to do it.

Women may be leaving churches and formal religion, but we are making the world at large our sacred space by seeing what needs to be done and stepping up and speaking out. The holiest work we can do is to pay attention, bring our experiences forward, and engage the issues that matter to us. Our spiritual practice is our everyday action toward freedom, equality, wholeness, and life at its fullest for all people.

Thank you, Amy, for showing us how it’s done.


Rev. Jennifer Crumpton is the author of Femmevangelical: The Modern Girl’s Guide to the Good News.

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