Posts tagged church
Carrie and Lowell and the Power of Experiencing Grief in Community

In grief, I’ve rediscovered the importance of community. When Carrie and Lowell became available for streaming last week, ahead of tomorrow’s release, I discovered a wave of people at different points in the grieving process, coming together to commiserate over this piece of art that instantly became something more than just a few guitars and Sufjan’s voice.

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Queering the Church: Being Safe People

Part of the frustration of being a queer Christian in the church is that we often feel alone, and we feel like we’re managing other people’s problems as well as our own. We often become the token queer, the one who is brought into discussions we don’t necessarily want to be involved in and invoked to defend something we don’t really want to know about. So, ally pastors, don’t do that – don’t be that “I have a queer friend” guy, don’t out us to other, and don’t co-opt us into your agendas. Just because we’re at your church doesn’t mean we share your opinions and want to be called into an argument. In the question of queer identity and queer issues, you take your cues from us.

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When Women Will Not Be Silenced

Over the last week, women online demonstrated more leadership than the editors of Leadership Journal probably thought possible. Our diverse perspectives, the stories and experience we brought to bear, and unwillingness to accept non-apologies as “good enough” brought the president of a behemoth evangelical magazine to our table, to hear our concerns, and to apologize. Women did this.

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