This …. changes everything: sin & shalom

Have you noticed the inordinate amount of attention that is given to concerns about sin at the intersection of faith and sexuality?  It seems to be a sticking point for so many. “But it’s sin.” With this short phrase dialogue can be cut off, attempts to understand can be closed, relationships strained, alienation experienced, judgement…

This ….. changes everything.

One of the reasons I have so loved being engaged in the conversations at the intersection of faith and sexuality over the last decade plus is the very reason some people seem to avoid entering the discussion. I have found, over time, that this conversation invites you, eventually compels you, and if you resist –…

My Year as a Heathen

Middle section, second pew from the front, left side. That’s where my family sat every Sunday morning. It provided easy access to the stage for my pastor dad, who was always positioned closest to the aisle. It gave me a sense of being under the watchful gaze of the whole congregation: significant, but scrutinized. Sunday…

WikiGod Podcast Interview (part 2)

It’s something the church has been talking a whole heck of a lot about in the past few years, whether it’s behind the scenes in policy meetings or out front in the media. Same-sex marriage. Partnered gay men and women who are committed Jesus-followers. Married, faithful gay couples loving and serving in the church. And every one…

WikiGod Podcast Interview (part 1)

WikiGod Podcaster Mark sits down with Wendy for a two-part conversation. This week in Part 1, Wendy talks about some of the major influences that affected her awareness about the legacy of New Direction as she took the role of Executive Director in 2002. It’s a fascinating and highly relevant account of her listening, feeling uncomfortable, being unexpectedly welcomed,…

MennoNerds Interview

Recently Wendy, Beth, and Danice had the chance to chat with MennoNerd moderator, Jennifer Yoder. It was a fantastic conversation about sexuality in the church, LGBT issues, safe spaces, and other topics. Check out MennoNerds and watch the video here.