Queer. Femme. Preacher. Harm Reductionist.

I went to seminary to learn how to hold spiritual space for the communities I come from. People deemed “too much” for the church. Too difficult, too poor, too “addicted”, too queer, too sexual, too political. These are the people who raised me. These are the people who taught me about the sacred.

I put myself through seminary by working at the Harm Reduction Coalition. For me, harm reduction is a spiritual practice rooted in unconditional love. It calls us to healing and demands justice. Just like the Gospel.

I currently serve as the Harm Reduction Faith Manager for Faith In Public Life Ohio and am pursuing ordination in the United Church of Christ (UCC).

Interested in having me speak, preach, or facilitate a workshop?
Email me at femminary@gmail.com, call 510-901-1262, or fill out the form below.


Blyth Barnow is a preacher, harm reductionist, writer, and community organizer. She works in Ohio, and nationally, to establish harm reduction resources for faith based communities and has already brought her worship service, Naloxone Saves, to several states. Naloxone Saves celebrates the power of resurrection by training people to recognize and respond to an opiate overdose. Blyth graduated from Pacific School Of Religion where she received a Master of Divinity and the Paul Wesley Yinger preaching award. She was an Everyday Feminism Writing Fellow in 2016 and a Collective Safety Fellow at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts from 2018-2019.

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