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Are Progressive Christians More Loving than Conservatives?

Are Progressive Christians More Loving than Conservatives?

“There is an enormous number of people, and I am one of them, whose native religion, for better or worse, is Christianity. We were born to it; we began to learn about it before we became conscious; it is, whatever we think of it, an intimate belonging of our being; it...

Resistance against Clergy Sexual Abuse Is Never Wasted

Resistance against Clergy Sexual Abuse Is Never Wasted

Dear Reader, the following is a note from survivor, advocate, and author Christa Brown about the fight against oppression and the power of truth, which she speaks of in her book Baptistland. Many survivors have told me how grateful they are for my work—that my...

Three Signs We Are Moving Forward in Grief

Three Signs We Are Moving Forward in Grief

It is common when grief strikes to press pause on the remote control of life. The barest minimum is the goal for each day, and basic activities of daily living such as bathing and doing the dishes are a significant struggle. It is not so much a period of living as it...

Books / Authors

Caroline Beidler

Caroline Beidler, MSW is a recovery advocate and founder of the recovery storytelling platform Circle of Chairs, and has twenty years in social work and ministry. She is the author of Downstairs Church: Finding Hope in the Grit of Addiction and Trauma Recovery. Her forthcoming book, You Are Not Your Trauma: Uproot Unhealthy Patterns, Heal the Family Tree, helps you identify unhealthy patterns and live more freely without your trauma—or your family’s trauma—holding you back. She lives in eastern Tennessee.

Lemuel Blackett

Lemuel Blackett is an ordained minister and has been in ministry for 22 years. Originally from London, he moved to New York in the late 1980s. He is a graduate of Eastern Baptist School of Religion​. He’s currently Donor and Corporate Relations Manager at Interfaith Community Services. His book, Help, I’m Dealing with Trauma offers stories and insights to help readers acknowledge all the ways we can experience trauma and how to create a mindset to move forward. He lives in San Diego, California.

Christa Brown

Named as one of the “top 10 religion newsmakers” of 2022, Christa Brown has persisted for two decades in working to peel back the truth about clergy sex abuse and coverups in the nation’s largest Protestant denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention. She’s the author of Baptistland: A Memoir of Abuse, Betrayal, and Transformation, a retired appellate attorney, a mom, a grandma, and lives with her husband in Colorado.

Cynthia Vacca Davis

Cynthia Vacca Davis is an adjunct professor with an MFA in writing, teaching narrative nonfiction at Christopher Newport University. She’s written hundreds of feature stories, columns, and essays, as well as young adult novels. She enjoys telling stories, always searching for the threads that connect us to community. Her memoir Intersexion is told from alternating first-person perspectives and plays out at the intersection of social and religious tension around gender and sexuality. She lives in southwestern Virginia.

Jeff Elkins

Jeff Elkins, a graduate of Baylor University and Truett Seminary, was a pastor for 15 years. He left ministry to work as a writer for a tech company and is the author of more than 10 novels and 100 short stories. He is the host of the Dialogue Doctor and co-host with Leigh Erdman of the newly launched Just Came for the Tacos about life after the evangelical church. His forthcoming book will provide hope for a Christianity that can be resurrected post-evangelicalism. He lives north of Baltimore with his wife and five kids.

Trey Ferguson

Trey Ferguson likes playing with words. Whether it be with tweets, videos, essays, sermonic presentations, Bible studies, podcasts, or speaking engagements, he’s always trying to provoke an image in a seeker with some combination of words. In addition to publishing his own newsletter, The Son Do Move, and hosting the New Living Treyslation and Three Black Men podcasts, and speaking especially in churches, his forthcoming, Theologizin’ Bigger, book helps our diverse world learn how to think bigger about God.

Brandon Flanery writes about honest, messy things, specifically around faith and sexuality. He’s published with the Colorado Springs Indy, The Scribe, Baptist News Global, and has academic essays with the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. His forthcoming memoir is about being raised in evangelical Christendom as a closeted gay man, and unwinding what is real and true for him post-closet, an ever-twisting journey—full of trailblazing, thorn bushes, and dead ends. He lives in Atlanta.

David Gushee
David P. Gushee is Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics at Mercer University, Chair of Christian Social Ethics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and Senior Research Fellow, International Baptist Theological Study Centre. Gushee is the author of Kingdom Ethics, Changing Our MindAfter Evangelicalism (and its Group Study Guide), Righteous Gentiles of the HolocaustIntroducing Christian Ethics, and more. Gushee and his wife, Jeanie, live in Atlanta, Georgia.
Sarah Hayward

Sarah Henn Hayward is a physical therapist, a devoted book fanatic, and life-long seeker of truth. After traveling the world, meeting people of different faiths, making queer friends, and learning about human evolution, she surprised herself by rejecting her entire former belief system. Her Giving Up God: Resurrecting a Spirituality of Love and Wonder reveals the struggle for a new identity through exploring new vistas in physics, philosophy, and alternative theologies. Follow @shaywardwrites on Instagram or at sarahhennhayward.com 

Matt Kendziera

Matt Kendziera is a speaker, podcaster, and musician. He is the host of Chasing Goodness, engaging authors, activists, and influencers on questions most people run from. He’s also a collaborator with organizations such as Rachel’s Challenge. Matt’s Bring It Home: The Adventure of Finding Yourself after Being Lost in Religion shows how stories and experiences are what connect us most intimately to the Divine, and that in our quest to find God we must first find ourselves. Matt lives with his family in Wisconsin.

Kate Meyer

Kate J. Meyer is an author, the host of #MentalHealthMondayswithKate, a public speaker, professional counselor, and ordained minister. Kate is the author of The Red Couch, a novel just out in summer 2021 about missed expectations and seeing how the past doesn’t define but informs you. Kate’s book Faith Doesn’t Erase Grief is a get-help-now manual on loss and grief at the intersections of faith and psychology, helping spiritual readers see loss more clearly. A fan of NaNoRiMo writing goals, she lives in western Michigan.

David Morris

David Morris is the author of Lost Faith and Wandering Souls: A Psychology of Disillusionment, Mourning, and the Return of Hope. He is the publisher of Lake Drive Books and a literary agent at Hyponymous Consulting, two innovative ventures working together to specialize in authors and books that help people heal, grow, and discover. David holds a PhD in psychology and religion from Drew University. He lives with his wife in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and they have two daughters. Visit davidrmorris.me.

Scott Okamoto Asian American Apostate

Scott Okamoto is a writer, musician, podcaster, and storyteller. He’s spent much of his professional career teaching English at a Christian college, witnessing the experience of marginalized people there, which he relays in his podcast Chapel Probation. His Asian American Apostate: Losing Religion and Finding Myself at an Evangelical University tells his unlikely spiritual journey, bringing together an evangelical past, an Asian American experience, with a contemporary world of Christian evangelicalism. He lives in Southern California with his wife and three kids.

Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi writes prose, poetry, and prayers. She holds an MA in Writing and has published stories in Furious Gravity and Dappled Things, and other stories in the Saturday Evening Post, jmww, Bourbon Penn, 3Elements Review, Reflex Fiction and others. Julia’s forthcoming book, Amen?, is a collection of graceful musings, prayers and poems for a wandering, wondering, doubt-laden, hope-filled faith that reflects the desire to believe as much as belief itself. Julia blogs at www.juliarocchi.com and lives in northern Virginia with her family.

Frank Rogers Jr.

Frank Rogers is a professor (Claremont School of Theology), trained spiritual guide, retreat leader, and the author of Practicing Compassion, Compassion in Practice: The Way of Jesus, and The God of Shattered Glass, a novel. He focuses on spirituality that is contemplative, creative, and socially liberative. Rogers’s Cradled in the Arms of Compassion is a spiritual memoir of going from trauma to recovery. He is the cofounder of the Center for Engaged Compassion and lives in Southern California.

Katherine Spearing

Katherine Spearing MA, CTRC is the founder of Tears of Eden, a nonprofit supporting survivors of spiritual abuse, and the host of Tears’ affiliate podcast Uncertain. She also hosts the podcast Trauma & Pop Culture and is a Certified Trauma Recovery Coach working primarily with clients who have survived cults, high-control environments, spiritual abuse, and sexual abuse. Her forthcoming book explains the experience and impact of spiritual abuse, as well as the survivor recovery process.

Marla Taviano

Marla Taviano is into books, love, justice, globes, anti-racism, blue, gray, rainbows, poems. She reads and writes for a living (especially @whitegirllearning). She’s a mom to some freaking awesome kids, and wears her heart on her t-shirts. On a mission/ quest/ journey to live wholefarted (not a typo). She’s the author of unbelieve: poems on the journey to becoming a heretic and jaded: a poetic reckoning with white evangelical christian indoctrination.

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