"it's great to see religious communities represented in the parade but it would be nice to have them show up at moments like this" One of my dearest friends sent me an email last week after going toe to toe with one of those bullshit hateful "preachers" that like to show up at Queer events.… Continue reading Fellow Christians, It Is Not Enough To March In Our Parade
for Amanda "Arkansassy" Harris and All Of Us Amanda…... *pause* Strange isn’t it. How the sound of her name holds a new weight. As if it were an incantation. Or a lament. Strange how the whisper of her name can sometimes feel like a scream. That’s what grief does. It transforms. It disfigures. It makes… Continue reading Broken Things. A Eulogy
What I (think I) know about grief is…. It makes you forget. You get lost driving to work. You never know what day it is. You forget your lovers name, just for a second. What I (think I) know about grief is…. It changes time. You say last week. What you mean is yesterday. An… Continue reading What I (think I) Know About Grief Is….
St Augustine said that “Hope has two beautiful daughters; their names are Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are.” I like that. I like thinking of hope as a productive thing. Too often we treat hope like it’s foolish, or lazy.… Continue reading This year, is an AIDS year.
The truth is, I’ve been sick for a long time. I won’t list the symptoms, but I will tell you they are real. There are people in my life who have long encouraged me to slow down. They have asked me to do something different. Some have even demanded I stop altogether. For my own… Continue reading This Isn’t What They Meant When They Said To Put Your Body On The Line.
In response to Proverbs 8: 1-4, 22-31. Written for Open Door UMC on my last day. I remember the weeks gearing up to my first semester in Seminary. It was a mix of emotions. There was something in the guts of me that was steady, calm, and excited. There was a knowing somewhere that this… Continue reading Sermon. The Wisdom Within Us
I kept pondering this week's theme, being thunderstruck. What exactly does it mean? Is it a good thing? A bad thing? I googled it, I looked in the dictionary, I watched an AC/DC video called Thunderstruck, nothing really helped. The answer seems ambiguous at best. However, it had me thinking about a popular quote from… Continue reading Sermon. “We Are Powerful Beyond Measure”
So, I’ve been writing a lot of sermons lately…. Yeah. It’s really weird. Right now I’ve got two jobs. I work at the Harm Reduction Coalition and I work as the Pastoral Intern at a Methodist church. Sex work, drug use, and church ladies. There’s more crossover than you might think. A year and a… Continue reading Ungracious Saints
“I am a woman deeply troubled” We live in troubling times. In the past few days we have been troubled by the attacks in Paris. We have been troubled by the attacks in Beirut. In Baghdad. In Syria. And more. We have been troubled as we see whose lives are being grieved loudly and… Continue reading Sermon. A Woman Deeply Troubled
In Fall of 2014 I started my first year in a Masters of Divinity (MDiv) program at a progressive Christian Seminary. I’ve been working hard not to freak the fuck out ever since. See, I wasn’t raised in “the church”. In fact my Mother tried to forbid me from going to the Southern Baptist church… Continue reading Femminary, An Introduction