Religion and unity

How do we get people to come to the church and make them feel safe and still remind them that they suck and are headed to hell?Omar Abreu, on their experience as a queer attendee of Hillsong Church, quoted from VanityFair.com It's been a long time since I have been out of my childhood home,…

In-between thoughts: De-load Week!

Random thoughts in between sets at the gym. It's De-load Week! No, I didn't expect it, either. Chris realized he wasn't recovering well from his heavy lifting workouts and decided to make this week a working recovery week. When he described his non-recovery symptoms, I recognized some in myself. (Though he cares A LOT about…

The oppressions we permit

I recently read a Vanity Fair article on the many, many issues in Hillsong Church. It's horrifying. I have many thoughts about churches and church communities and the abuse or manipulation that is often excused as "tough, biblical love", but today I am mostly pissed at one thing: So many of these harms against women,…

The limits of selflessness

I've been going through some stuff lately (not much I can share on this public, though little-read, blog). One thing my therapist reminded me is that I am not in charge of other peoples' happiness. That's their job. My happiness is the only happiness I'm responsible for, and I need to let go of any…

My Indigenous Peoples’ Land Acknowledgement

I've talked about this a couple different times (why do I always think of land acknowledgements while lifting weights? The world may never know....). I am happy to say that I finally put together my Indigenous Peoples' Land Acknowledgement. Leaders in my organization encouraged us to put one together based on information and guidance from…