The Strangest Pastoral Advice I’ve Ever Given

The Strangest Pastoral Advice I’ve Ever Given

“Try being an atheist.” That’s the strangest pastoral advice I’ve ever given. It wasn’t a joke or a trick either. A friend (not a church member) came to me for help because they were struggling with suicidal ideation. “What do you do if god hates you?” That was how...
Fears of the Faithful Hinder Care, Bring Harm

Fears of the Faithful Hinder Care, Bring Harm

Why it is so hard for some people of faith to own their own discomfort? To own their own fears and see how they injure others? These are salient questions when it comes to creating caring Christian community for the LGBTQIA+ community. It is an even more relevant...
The Heartbreak and Hope of Church Schisms

The Heartbreak and Hope of Church Schisms

The United Methodist Church, with 80 million members, is undergoing a schism centered primarily around LGBTQ+ equality. Conservatives hold to a “traditional” understanding of sexuality and marriage, while progressives advocate for all Methodists’ inclusivity and...