Remembering Pulse Nightclub Five Years Later

Today Is the fifth anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting. It happened early on a Sunday morning. I remember the day of the week because I woke up to the tragedy as I was getting ready for worship, and it changed the trajectory of what we did and said that morning.  It was also the day of the Tony Awards--the year that Hamilton would sweep those awards, its cast performed ...

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Seven Women who were Firsts

In honor of International Women's Month, here are seven women who weren't just the first women, but the first anyone achieve the following: Anne Edison Taylor was the first woman to survive going over Niagara Falls in a barrel. The woman at the well in John 4 is the first person to tell people the Good News about Jesus. Marie Curie was the first person to win a Nobel Prize ...

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Whole-Lifer–not Baby Killer

I'm ever so weary (and offended) by the continued label of "baby killer" targeted at anyone who is choosing not to support our current president. The very flawed premise behind this moniker is that, since the Democratic platform is pro-choice, anyone who supports a candidate from that party is clearly out to slaughter infants. I'm not pro-abortion. I would love to live in a world where no woman ever had ...

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It Gets Better

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. A day reserved for raising awareness, sharing resources and letting everyone know there are alternatives, success stories and reasons to live.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention list suicide as the 10th-leading cause of death in the United States. It ranks second among those ages 10 to 34 and LGBTQ youth contemplate suicide at three times the rate of their straight, cis-gendered ...

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Five Black Female Comics to Watch

For when you want to learn and laugh. Like just about every white person I know, I've been trying to listen and learn and work at becoming an anti-racist activist. The danger we face as we embark upon this journey is becoming so overwhelmed by just how little we've been paying attention, how much we've ignored and what all we've allowed to happen right under our noses, that we just ...

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Enough is > Better Than

A lot of anger is floating around out there. I'm not talking about the anger that stems from the lack of access to healthcare or the injustice that black people in our society still face. I'm speaking of the anger that comes from the many people whose only sense of worth has come from the idea that they are "better than" because they are white...or straight...or male...or Christian. Now they ...

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Living with Diabetes, Part 2

Doubting Believer is asking our readers to make your voices heard regarding affordable insulin for all who live with diabetes. Over the next few weeks, we will have guest posts from people who live with the disease about the importance of access to life-saving medication. Links to ways you can help are found at the end of this post. What does the Lord require of you, but to seek justice, love ...

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Living With Diabetes

Doubting Believer is asking our readers to make your voices heard regarding affordable insulin for all who live with diabetes. Over the next few weeks, we will have guest posts from people who live with the disease about the importance of access to life-saving medication. Links to ways you can help are found at the end of this post. What does the Lord require of you, but to seek ...

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National Coming Out Day–We Still Need It

I wrote this post three years ago. While my location and circumstances have changed, the rest still holds. When Will and Grace made its heralded return last year, one episode (featuring the always-adorable Ben Platt)  pointed out how the experiences of young gay people today are vastly different than those of the folks who came along (and out) 20 years ago...even 10 years ago. My daughter goes to a public arts ...

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