Review: A None’s Story

Individuals who don’t identify with a religious affiliation—the so-called “Nones”—are one of the fastest-growing demographics in the United States. Corinna Nicolaou, who grew up with non-religious parents and never attended religious services as a child, places herself in this category. Then in 2001, the tragedy of 9/11 left Nicolaou wondering what solace these well founded traditions might … More Review: A None’s Story

Rescuing Jesus: How People of Color, Women, and Queer Christians are Reclaiming Evangelicalism

For weeks before reading Deborah Jian Lee’s first book, Rescuing Jesus: How People of Color, Women, and Queer Christians are Reclaiming Evangelicalism, I misquoted the title, replacing “are” with “can.” As someone who stopped identifying as an evangelical due to many of the issues that Jian Lee raises, I expected the book to read like … More Rescuing Jesus: How People of Color, Women, and Queer Christians are Reclaiming Evangelicalism

God and Desire

A friend recently told me about a sexual encounter he’d had that he felt God’s presence in. It was an intense encounter, something he’d always wanted but was afraid would feel shallow. Instead, it was nurturing for both parties. I get the sense that it was something about the care shown between the two people … More God and Desire

A Scarlet Church

I often wonder what percentage of people sitting in a service on a Sunday morning question whether they are truly accepted there. Even in progressive churches dedicated to being “welcoming and inclusive,” where we find gay couples and their kids or other versions of “nontraditional” families. Even in congregations with a mix of races, ages, … More A Scarlet Church