“Jesus was not white,” my New Testament professor said emphatically. On the screen beside him appeared a picture of a dark-skinned man with a beard. He reminded me of any one of a dozen adult male relatives I have. I had honestly never thought about the fact that Jesus, as a Jewish man from the … Continue reading The Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe & Serving a Brown-Skinned God
How does a high schooler find themselves in a Christian Anti-Masturbation Cult, you ask? Its a good question. One I’ve asked myself for years. For me, it was a combination of living inside a Christian bubble, a tragic lack of sexual education, and a balding older man who chose to spend his nights in a … Continue reading In High School I was the Victim of a Christian Anti-Masturbation Cult #ChurchToo
I started looking side-eye at my neighbors, people who were good Christians. They gave generously; served sacrificially; talked enthusiastically about God’s love, and embraced white supremacy emphatically.
When my father left when I was nine, my God was a fathering God, a parenting God, one who takes space in my home, in my surroundings, in my everyday experience. I knew the God of the Southern Baptist tradition and the God of the nondenominational church, and then the God of my Native American ancestors, all speaking to me—still.
I haven’t been smiling much lately. In fact, I’ve been tearing up a lot. And not just because I lived through desegregation here in Tennessee girded in hope, yet now fear the destruction of my nation’s ideals at the hands of white supremacists and sixth-grade-style bullies (with fourth-grade reading levels). This near-crying thing is strange … Continue reading Watching the “Christian” Responses to a Local Mosque Getting Burned Down
We Christians would like to think that, within Christian community, we are kinder to each other. We would like to think that we are better at “doing unto others.” Dear church, here’s the truth: we are not exempt from sexual harassment. We are not immune from sexual abuse. The sound of #MeToo echoes within the … Continue reading 21 Stories of Pastors Being Sexually Harassed & Abused Inside Their Churches #MeToo