Nones and Dones: On Leaving the Church

I am a “none.”

I am a “done.”

We are recognized people groups that have left the church. We can check the box next to the “none” category in surveys that ask about religion.

The church is starting to realize that we are “done” with it.

I served the church as a pastor for thirty years before leaving the ministry and the church in one fell swoop. For more than thirty years I observed people like me, and I claim… Read More


Why Andrew Wilson’s Satire Was Dishonoring to LGBT People

Last week, British pastor Andrew Wilson penned a widely shared satirical article titled “The Case for Idolatry: Why Evangelical Christians Can Worship Idols.” His goal was plain: to lampoon what he sees as the poor arguments offered by LGBT-affirming Christians in support of same-sex relationships.

Satire is not necessarily disrespectful, and there can be a place for it within theological discourse. In this case, however, Wilson’s satire was deeply disrespectful to LGBT Christians. Given… Read More


Opening the Door to an Affirming Church?

I’m an out bisexual feminist. I come from a fundamentalist background and have survived spiritual, physical, and sexual abuse. Even after all of that, I’m also still a Christian—a Christian who deeply desires to attend church, to take part in Communion and worship. Except, most of the time, going to church is almost impossible for me.

As a feminist, I encounter sexist and women-shaming ideas in sermons. As an abuse survivor, I am frequently faced by rhetoric that links being… Read More

VIDEO: Faith Shift by Kathy Escobar

Pastor, friend, and spriritual director Kathy Escobar has journeyed with many who have experienced significant shifts in the faith they once considered unchangeable. In this video by The Work of the People ( Kathy explains how what feels like an ending can become a beginning. VIEW:

ON DEMAND: Make Room w/ Nadia Bolz-Weber, Doug Pagitt, Kathy Escobar and Jerry Herships

MakeRoom_bannerThank you to all that joined us for our first Make Room Livestream event last week, entitled “Rethinking Church”. We enjoyed the lively conversation with panelists Nadia Bolz-Weber, Doug Pagitt, Kathy Escobar and Jerry Herships. Audience participation and questions also added much to the discussion.

Missed it? Want to watch again? VIEW on demand here. Keep the conversation going on Twitter with #MakeRoom.

As… Read More