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If you’re sad about Rachel Held Evans (and other un-answered prayers).

If you haven’t heard, or if you need confirming that it wasn’t all a terrible dream, Rachel Held Evans—beloved author, truth-teller, and icon for a generous Christianity—passed away yesterday morning, after a brief and unexpected storm of health complications. She was only 37—two years younger than me. I first met Rachel over a hamburger in […]

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When Straight Christians Reject our LGBTQ Siblings: An Open Letter to the United Methodist Church

Dear United Methodist Friend, I’ve never been one of your number, though I’ve always been a fan. I grew up Pentecostal (among other things), where we found your personal and social holiness traditions to be fertile soil to grow our experiences of the Spirit stirring in our midst. During my years fermenting intentional house church […]

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Future Facing Faith: From Overwhelm to Insight

Life is hard. If I want to relate to life’s spiritual dimension in a way that embraces—rather than evades—life, generative spirituality unfolds for me along three axes: Generative spirituality is rooted in the past. Those who have gone before: our ancestral legacy, faith lineage, families of origin. Generative spirituality has a robust relationship with the present moment. Who am […]

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Personal God, Loving Evolution: My Conversation with Ilia Delio

As part of our prelude to the Cosmic Campfire Gathering this February 1-2 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina (co-hosted with Tripp Fuller of Homebrewed Christianity and ‘Science’ Mike McHargue of The Liturgists), I got to sit down with one of my favorite theologians, Ilia Delio: We dive into her life and inspirations over the course our hour-long conversation. What I most wanted to know […]

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