We all create the ministries that we never had. I’ve heard all sorts of people say this in a variety of forms. Sometimes from of place of love and tenderness. At other times the sentiment has been shared from a less pleasant place. The driving philosophy, is that out of our wounds, we give birth … Continue reading The Birth of a New Queer Christian Movement
My friends in Baltimore never talked about racial reconciliation. They only talked about white supremacy and the way the Church was complicit in maintaining the status quo of systemic racism.
Despite the growing political divides in our country, our mid-western church has outspoken pro-Trump folks and fiscal conservatives who can’t stand Trump. We have families from different racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds. We have union Democrats and social justice activists. Now you my be thinking, as the pastor I try to avoid talking about politics … Continue reading Listening to Fox News Made Me A More Effective Progressive Pastor
These 100% sex free sleepovers were absolutely off limits in the conservative christian community we were raised in but were the key to my survival during those dark days. He likely saved my life but this came at a price; my depression and our sleepovers led to us losing our church community.
Dear Thursday Welcoming Church, Today is such an intimate day in the journey to the cross. Having a meal with friends in a home and engaging in foot washing is about as connected as you can be. I’ve learned that this is a key piece of the Christian story – intimacy and connection. When we … Continue reading A Letter to Thursday Welcoming, Friday Complicit, & Saturday Grieving Churches
Ever since coming out as bisexual and leaving my former position as an evangelical minister, I’ve been on a journey of deconstructing my faith. I’m not unique in this in any way, as I see the majority of my peers and generation similarly going through “faith crises” and asking pointed questions that both disrupt the … Continue reading Resurrection and the Deconstruction of my Faith