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Aug 04, 2016

“We’re worried that our children’s program won’t grow. Parents won’t bring their child to a church with lesbian pastors and so many gay people,” a deacon stated woefully.

“Isn’t she pretty?” he said as he pinched my cheeks and introduced me to a prestigious male academic, “you’d never know she’s smart.” 

“It’s fine that you’re gay. Our church has dealt with that. But keep your lifestyle out of the pulpit,” a congregant steamed after a sermon about equality.

Jul 16, 2014

As a scholar of Art and Religion, I have long known the power of images to evoke spiritual meaning, providing believers with a visual entry point into faith. As an ordained queer woman, I have also long known that much of iconography excludes anyone who looks and loves like me.

Mar 25, 2014

"As a pastor who has served a church where Fred Phelps protested, I have experienced the vitriol he spewed throughout his life. But if my tradition has taught me anything, it has taught me the power of forgiveness. May his funeral be filled with signs that read 'you are a beloved creature of worth;' may his tormented soul finally find peace; and may we all be more kind, welcoming, and peaceful."

These were the words I posted on Facebook upon learning of the death of Fred Phelps.

May 16, 2013

Each Sunday, clad in a bright red robe, I step into the pulpit. Before I even utter a word, my body preaches on my behalf. My gendered, queer, dancing, disordered body proclaims the Word before I ever open my mouth.

There are Sundays when a congregant might ask me, “Why do you always talk about gay stuff in worship?”

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