Exegesis vs. Eisegesis: Undoing how Church has Taught us to Read the Bible

Photo by fotografierende on Pexels.com Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't put Humpty together again. https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/46951/humpty-dumpty-sat-on-a-wall When you read this nursery rhyme, think about any crystallizations of the story you have in your mind. Maybe you have read it … Continue reading Exegesis vs. Eisegesis: Undoing how Church has Taught us to Read the Bible

Why are LGBTQ+ folks at Christian Universities? Here are the top reasons (and a better question to ask).

Photo by Craig Adderley on Pexels.com 1. Students between the ages of 17-24 are not financially independent of their families and rely on them for funding and help with college tuition as well as funding for housing, food, etc.  2. Students between these ages are also reliant upon other resources for funding including financial aid, … Continue reading Why are LGBTQ+ folks at Christian Universities? Here are the top reasons (and a better question to ask).

(1981) Audre Lorde, “The Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Racism”

Photo by Rahul on Pexels.com In June 1981, Audre Lorde gave the keynote presentation at the National Women’s Studies Association Conference, Storrs, Connecticut. Her presentation appears below.  Racism. The belief in the inherent superiority of one race over all others and thereby the right to dominance, manifest and implied. Women respond to racism. My response to … Continue reading (1981) Audre Lorde, “The Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Racism”

Who Do I Say I Am? By Alysha Laperche

Photo by Daria Shevtsova on Pexels.com My professor said to our class this semester, “You don’t participate in the sacraments because you know completely and understand what they mean. You participate in them to learn what they mean, within the context of your identity”. This is so counterintuitive to everything I was taught growing up. … Continue reading Who Do I Say I Am? By Alysha Laperche

Selections of Poetry by Lauren Ileana Sotolongo

Photo by Josh Sorenson on Pexels.com In loving memory of Rachel Held Evans: "Rachel Held Evans/Mourning" "Screams of Rebirth" "Galaxy" Lauren is my friend and colleague at Brave Commons. She is an incredible person and I am lucky to work alongside her and to know her. I hope you find Lauren's poetry as soothing and … Continue reading Selections of Poetry by Lauren Ileana Sotolongo

Queer Women Pastors and Transforming the Church-with UMC Pastor, Bailey Brawner

One of the many things I love about Erin is her passion for helping people see the Bible differently––not as a weapon that is used to oppress identities, but as a tool to bring healing and restoration. In the LGBTQIA+ community, that work is vital to us existing as Queer Christians. The work being done … Continue reading Queer Women Pastors and Transforming the Church-with UMC Pastor, Bailey Brawner