I grew up in a village in Maine where most folks made their living at sea. In that village is a little white church (in every sense of each adjective), and I was a part of that community from birth through my college years. I’ve written about leaving my non-affirming college church, but leaving my family’s church was a different process: one marked by more nuance and nostalgia. After coming out as queer, I started feeling unwelcome at the little white church that raised me.
Welcome to our first Que(e)ries Q&A, and Happy New Year! This post includes four questions that refuse to be categorized. They’re fabulous on their own.
If you're an ally to LGBTQ Christians in a non-affirming church, these words are for you. We're calling on our allies.
I eventually took flight from my non-affirming church after taking hits critical enough to damage rather than boost my relationship with God and God’s kin-dom. Here's the journey I’ve been on since then - this time with Ada as my co-pilot.
When Ada and I first started dating, I was attending the church that had been my home through college. The Living Room was a Southern Baptist-lite church bustling with twenty-somethings, all gathered around a charismatic worship band and our bearded, blue-jeaned preacher Mel.
We have a vision for what the future of the blog will look like, but before we get there, we want to pause and hear from you.
As we shift gears into the full thrust of the holiday season, we acknowledge the pain that this time brings for many - especially for LGBTQ folks for whom home or family may not be places of cheer or refuge. For levity, and with brevity, we’d like to share a few of the first firsts that we experienced together as a couple.
I love getting asked how Ada and I met. It’s kind of a silly story, but it challenges stereotypes: we met at a pizza party at our college Christian fellowship.
Well, it wasn’t truly the beginning. We had been friends for years. But now, it felt like the beginning - like holding my breath before plunging into waters that would take me… where?