I am thankful for healing. a paycheck. my roommate, Seth! my pets. new toothbrush heads. accomplishing tasks and checking them off my list. making really detailed lists. leftover Thai takeout. Big Brother (season 20!). ibuprofen. my water bottle. feeling understood. therapy appointments. Kevin Peña (aka @coldgamekelv aka Brother Nature) and his deer squad videos. heating… Continue reading gratitude
It has been about eight months since I have felt comfortable attending a church service. When I first made the decision to step back from attending church regularly, I felt very uncomfortable. Since childhood, I have found great comfort in community, and that community was primarily found in church settings. As I grew older, I… Continue reading Welcome to the Table.
After two+ years of weekly counseling, I am finally able to say that I am unapologetically queer. I am able to say confidently that LGBTQ+ can have a personal, intimate relationship with Jesus. Never have I been more sure that I am following the command to “come as you are” in my daily life (was… Continue reading Coming Out: Mental Health and Sexuality
As if the queer community needed another reminder that they are not welcome in the Church, the CMBA released The Nashville Statement this week; this document lays out very clearly just how unwelcome the LGBTQ folks are. Once again, the Evangelical Church has failed to consider the psychological distress and spiritual trauma they are causing… Continue reading Bad Theology: The Nashville Statement
What exactly does the New Testament say about homosexuality? Well, wouldn’t the “mystery” be solved if we knew?
It has been one year since I stepped into the light regarding my sexuality. It has been a year of heartbreak, challenges, joy, resistance, discovery, and more. In the year since I "came out" to the world, I have experienced growth. To celebrate my own boldness, I figured I would share some of the things… Continue reading One Year Later.
I don’t have all of the answers, but I do know that if God is good, God will reveal that Truth. And I want to believe that God is good. Don’t you? When I bring up the idea of inclusivity in the Church, I am usually met with confusing looks. “Uh oh, the liberal is… Continue reading A New Perspective: Clobber Passages
I’ve been on a journey of understanding my sexual identity for quite a few years now. Growing up in the Bible Belt, I had never heard such a thing as “inclusive theology,” or a theology that supports LGBTQ people in the Church. I went from my conservative, Southern Baptist church and hometown to a conservative,… Continue reading A New Perspective: Queer Theology
I’ve contemplated sharing my story for years. I’ve written and re-written this story, trying to perfect the words so that I speak as eloquently and gracefully as possible. Over those years, I’ve realized that eloquence is not always necessary, but transparency is. I am sharing my story because 50 innocent lives were taken at Pulse Nightclub… Continue reading Into the Light.