Rachel Held Evan's Searching for Sunday is about church: its triumphs and failings, its hypocrisy and grace. Rachel, like me, grew up in a well-intentioned Evangelical community where the Bible is accepted as fact and the "plain truth" is within easy reach. It's a culture of black and white morality, where spiritual cliches are a … Continue reading review: Rachel Held Evans’ Searching for Sunday
I stopped going to church for nearly a year for a variety of reasons. I didn't feel that my academic knowledge was appreciated, I was limited by my gender, I wasn't at all comfortable with opening up about real struggle, I didn't fit in. I think Daniel and I feared that we would never really … Continue reading open arms
A selection of verses from the Advent hymn, People Look East: Birds, though you long have ceased to build, guard the nest that must be filled. Even the hour when wings are frozen, God for fledgling time has chosen. People, look east and sing today, Love the bird is on the way. Stars, keep the … Continue reading people, look east
I attended college in North Florida, the southernmost point of the true south. As a Religious Studies major, I learned about my Christian faith and its heritage within a much wider scope than my evangelical upbringing had provided. I studied history, literature, ancient languages, and ethics. At some (I suppose, inevitable) point, I found that … Continue reading faith and feminism, part 1
Things have settled into a rhythm of relative normalcy lately. Work, church, pick Daniel up from school, thrift, eat, clean. It's not bad, but I don't want to get stuck. We still have a lot to see and do in Charlottesville and we need to prioritize exploring over sleeping in, I think. We've become regular … Continue reading lately.