(I wrote this sermon the day Rachel Held Evans passed away and delivered it the next day, Sunday, May 11, 2019): When I was in junior high, my friend’s mom worked at the elementary school just down the street. Since they passed by my house on the way in every day, they picked me up. … More Walking on Broken Glass
The President of the United States continues to chip away at America’s moral foundation via executive order, targeting oppressed communities by eliminating protections and imposing policies fueled by hatred and fear. As a female Christian seminarian who values love, peace, and justice, the silence of my Christian sisters and brothers about these discriminatory policies is … More Christians of Peace: Resist!
Get Out (2017) is a new horror film that shows racism for the horror that it is. The artist behind the film, Jordan Peele, known for his wry cultural commentary, addresses “the way America deals with race” and portrays racism as it is: demonic. I have written on race and privilege before. In the cultural environment perpetuated by … More But I’m Not Racist
Just 2 weeks ago, Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States, but just as important was what happened next: the Women’s March on Washington. Millions of women (men and children) from all seven continents around the world marched in protest of inequality and misogyny, including attacks on women’s right to affordable reproductive healthcare. Planned … More March On, Mary Magdalene
TRIGGER WARNING: This post contains references to violence against women. The election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States has emboldened the forces waging the War on Women. The Christian Right would have you believe that women have already achieved equality in the West and that it is the “Islamic World” that oppresses … More Lisbeth Salander and Biblical Rape Culture
Right-wing Christians lament the lack of “good” Muslims in the world, all while ignoring groups like the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) that are doing great work in pushing back against extremism. When self-identified Christians fight to keep even refugees from war-torn Syria away from our shores, we have to ask how “good” these Christians … More Where are the “Good” Christians?
Conservative Christianity wants to return to the “good old days,” that is, to go back to a time when anyone other than heterosexual, cis-gender people stayed neatly in the closet or acquiesced to inhumane conversion therapy. As a cis-gender female, in other words, a person whose gender matches the gender I was assigned at birth, … More The Church Lady vs. Jesus
There is a group of Americans that calls itself the Christian Right. Theirs is a theology that supports war and discrimination and is contrary to Jesus and the Gospels. Perhaps they should be called the “Christian Wrong.” One thing “wrong” with their theology is what Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Chris Hedges calls, “a theology of … More War, Jesus, and the Christian Right
Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize this week, gaining well-deserved attention for the decades of cultural commentary he has brought the world through his writing and music. One aspect of Dylan’s music that stands out to me is his cultural sensitivity, calling out racism in all its insidiousness. As a white, Christian, female seminary … More Dylan, Racism, and White America
The pro-life movement does not honor the sanctity of life; it honors the sanctity of birth, then promptly washes its hands of the born. As a Christian woman and seminary student, I believe a commitment to the sanctity of life extends beyond the delivery room. I also believe that women should have easily available access … More Trump & Pence: Pro-Birth, Not Pro-Life