Philosophy, Theology & Culture Studies
I wasn’t kidding. I really was that annoying philosophy major you remember from college.
I went on to earn masters in theology and culture studies at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. While I was there, I found myself moving further and further outside of the evangelical mainstream, focusing my work on sexual harassment within church culture. I wanted to shine a light on the consequences of inadequate sexual education in evangelicalism. I didn’t make much headway then, but that was 2007. I’m excited to see the #churchtoo movement rising up and calling out the disfunction still alive and well in churches all over the world.
I’m Re-Joining the Conversation
After spending most of my life afraid to speak truthfully about topics that were closest to my heart, I’m jumping back in. For many inside of the church, talking about these things openly can bring heartbreaking, negative consequences like loss of community, loss of family and fear for their spiritual well-being for not acquiescing to authorities. I’m not on the inside anymore, but my stories are from the front lines.
Here are the areas I will be exploring:
The Evangelical Church in America
I grew up in the heart of evangelical America. I grew up believing politics didn’t belong in church. I still do. But throughout my childhood and college years, there was a very targeted campaign at work. We’re seeing the fruit of that effort in our culture right now.
I’m inspired by brave souls like Benjamin Corey, who challenge mainstream evangelicalism from the inside. I’ve been far too fearful to make my perspective public for a variety of reasons, but those days are gone.
Spiritual Abuse and the Consequences of Doubt
I also look up to Ryan Bell, former Adventist minister and the host of the Life After God podcast and Facebook community. It’s hard to be honest about doubt and disbelief when you’re inside of the framework of a religious community. It’s also hard to call out abusers who claim moral authority. I love his conversations with leaders who are willing to step out and create new room for dialogue about these things. It’s time for me to be one of them.