Five Books That Changed How I Think about LGBTQIA+ People and the Church

I recently read Dianna Anderson’s new book, Damaged Goods: New Perspectives on Christian Purity, which outlines a Christian sexual ethics that, among other things, is equally applicable to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Reading Damaged Goods reminded me of other books that have influenced my thinking on the evangelical church’s approach to […]

Dianna Anderson’s Damaged Goods

[content note: rape, victim-blaming] When I was in middle school, I didn’t think that it was possible for a husband to rape his wife. To the extent that I thought about sex and marriage at all, it seemed to me that the wife’s “I do” in the marriage ceremony constituted a “yes” to sex with […]

(In)Visibility and Privilege

I felt strangely vulnerable as I made my way through the London Underground one evening last September. I was dressed normally, and I wasn’t carrying anything particularly valuable. But I found myself more than usually alert to my surroundings (more even than the low-grade, background uneasiness common to any woman in a public space). I […]

Human Imperfection and Communion

In London this semester, I went to as much theatre as I possibly could. I enjoyed all of it—the slapstick comedy of The Play that Goes Wrong, the surprisingly good heart of The Book of Mormon, the gritty politics of Martin Freeman as Richard III, the only slightly varnished realism of John. Two performances were […]