Inspired by Nathan Kennedy’s fantastic blog post, “7 Reasons Why LGBTQ+ People Don’t Want to go to your LGBTQ+ Affirming Church.” Many progressive churches speak out about their support for Black Lives Matter, they issue rebukes against racist and inhumane government policies such as the separation of children from their parents at the Mexican/American border, … Continue reading Why Black & Brown People Don’t Want to Go to Your “Progressive Church.”
As parents, as followers of Jesus, and as our brother’s keeper, we are all called to the work of justice. And as Rev. John Perkins says, “We are to be incarnated into the pain of those we are called to.” As parents, and as people of faith, we all have a great responsibility to teach … Continue reading Teaching Our White Children About The Intersection of Faith and Justice
In her debut album, A Liturgy for the Perseverance of the Saints, Taiwanese American artist SueAnn Shiah reclaims hymns for the modern age of faith, invoking the connection between those who suffer at present with the stories and struggles of the saints and ancestors that have come before. All Creatures of Our God & King … Continue reading A Worship Album For People Driven From Church Because of Race, Gender, or Sexuality
We often stay silent and do nothing by convincing ourselves the offense isn’t actually that offensive. Sometimes we don’t speak up because the injustice doesn’t affect our daily lives. We don’t understand the impact of a law or the injustice inflicted on others because it doesn’t impact the people closest to us or it isn’t … Continue reading The Bible Tells Us to Speak Up Against a Corrupt Government
Growing up, I was a Bible reader…like read the Bible every night before bed, went to a Christian school where I memorized entire chapters for a letter grade, read it from cover to cover 4x by 12th grade…Bible reader. I was told that every word of the 2000 year old letters that the first Christian … Continue reading I Stopped Hating Paul When I Read His Life & Letters Like an Ancient Ken Burns Documentary
But my mind still can’t help but return the darkness and fear I felt during my first night on Lake Ida and wonder what my former camper experienced. Did my former camper feel pain? Was he scared? What was going on in his mind as his lungs filled with water? More importantly, was God there with him?