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?
We need to talk, ya’ll. I personally know 3 people who have taken their lives in as many months. All under the age of 40. In my 35 years of life I can recall maybe 1 suicide among my peers and now I’m averaging 1 a month. This is not normal. Not to mention the … Continue reading 1-800-273-8255
Jesus’s complicated identity shows us a path toward queer welcome. Queering welcome is an invitation to call into question what identity is—how we use it to limit and restrict, welcome and reject people. It destabilizes and refashions identities not as strict categories but as multiplicities and subjectivities. It unmakes and remakes psyches. It has impacts on the subconscious and consciousness. It undermines the larger systems and inserts itself into the struggle within ordinary, everyday conflicts.