I began to experience disillusionment with conservative evangelical Christianity about 15 years ago, during college, and it became unavoidable after college. I never had a desire to abandon my Christian faith altogether though. There was a gut sense that there was something within the tradition I could still connect with.
As we near our annual love day tomorrow, I thought I’d take a moment to write about sex today; sex from a progressive Christian standpoint; sex from the standpoint of one who has further developed her thoughts from the rigid and restrictive teachings about sex she was taught growing up.
I had an amazing conversation with a graduate student this past week who wanted to interview me for her class on gender, sexuality and religion. We discussed a multitude of topics but her final question provoked a passionate response within me that I wanted to share with the rest of you.
A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of being on The Broads Way Show podcast. The podcast’s awesome hosts, Michelle Zunter and Grace Collins, had really insightful questions for me about my featured piece on Medium, “What Do 90-Somethings Regret Most,” how I became a minister and what Progressive Christianity is. You can go here to listen to the show.
A common conversation topic among clergy is whether or not we tell strangers what we do for a living. Air travel, for instance, poses a particularly stark dilemma.
A church member met with me recently to discuss her worries about her teenage son leaving behind his Christian faith. “He’s turning more towards science,” she said, with a worried look of heartfelt concern on her face.
My husband and I wrote this letter to our son and read it to him at his baptism in August of 2016 in the presence of our church community. He was six weeks old at the time.