I Am From

Reminding ourselves where we come from can be a humbling, beautiful, stark reality check. This is where I am from.

Grieving, acceptance and finally forgiveness

So I think I’ve reached the height of my anger about my past and am rather sick of my depressing rants about my family and extreme religious beliefs. (You’re probably getting sick of my rants as well!) I’ve made a choice – I am moving on. There are supposedly 5 stages to the grieving process: Denial,…

Unravelling Religion and the Poisonwood Bible

I have just finished the remarkable story of The Posionwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver. Reading the last few lines and then setting the book down is hard to do after finding so much of my own history resonating within the voices of the four female narrators in the book. The journeys of these women can be…

Is misogyny on the rise? – Bishop John Shelby Spong explains

(This article, excerpted from Bishop John Shelby Spong’s blog, is too good not to copy and paste directly. Excellent perspective from an insightful man of the cloth.) Is misogyny on the rise? Here is some of the evidence. The Virginia Legislature was poised to pass, and Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell to sign, a bill requiring…

Who Needs Feminism?

A group of Duke students have come together to launch a PR campaign for feminism – check out their blurb below. This certainly challenged me this morning – because I couldn’t pin it on one reason. It’s is basically like asking who needs equality? Because that is what feminsim is about – it is asking…

This is my church.

This is where She reaches me and asks questions of me, engaging my heart, soul and mind. Sunlight illuminates what is wet and green, reflections of the pool water dance on the ceiling. Life is – in this instant it is – it is sun and rain, smell and taste of coffee, laughter and ease…

Good Girl, Rebellious Women and Returning Home

I was raised as a pastor’s daughter in an evangelical church. It took me leaving the U.S. at the age of 25 to really begin to discover my own beliefs. It was only once I was outside of the circles of friends and family I was raised in and felt comfortable in that I began…

Pope Vows Never to ‘Tolerate’ Lady Priests

Pope Vows Never to ‘Tolerate’ Lady Priests. It’s Easter Weekend and what better way to celebrate the death and resurrection of the man who apparently, according to the Pope,  reinforced a woman’s role in society as being beneath him and certainly not as an equal. Right, wasn’t that what Jesus came to do? Thank you Pope Benedict for…

Patriarchy 101 – A quick review

Why is patriarchy still an issue today? Because it still exists! Yes, there have been many more advancements in working towards an egalitarian society around the world – yet there are still so many discrepancies in what is considered egalitarian. Throughout the this month I want to explore patriarchy in politics and government, in the church, in…