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This is My Body Discussion Guide

“I honestly don’t think there is a book out there that is quite so brave and honest about the complex, pain-filled, and beautiful experience so many of us have with our bodies as this one.  I applaud Ragan Sutterfield for bringing to the light what has for so long been hiding in the dark” —Nadia Bolz-Weber, author of Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint

“At the heart of Christianity is a body: the body of the God… Read More

NEWS: Ragan Sutterfield featured on The Washington Post

Ragan Sutterfield, author of This Is My Body, is featured in the Washington Post.  His article examines the transformational parallels people seek from fitness groups like CrossFit and religious institutions. Sutterfield is an Ironman competitor who struggled to overcome obesity and addictions in his quest towards finding a connection between the body, soul, and mind. You can read the full article here.

Liturgy

A Liturgical Hat-Tip to the Altar Call

I started life as an Evangelical. My family attended a Southern Baptist church, and though I left that tradition, I left knowing it had laid hold of one central tenet that my current liturgical home still fumbles.

I started to question aspects of my Baptist faith in college and eventually found a home in Anglicanism (ACNA). I didn’t just get confirmed an Anglican, this past year I entered the formal process of ordination into the priesthood. I am, as it… Read More

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Joan Chittister’s powerful definition of humanity is the only one you need…

 

For over six decades, Joan Chittister has been a passionate advocate for peace, equality, and women’s rights. In her candid interview with Oprah on Super Soul Sunday, Joan Chittister reveals the simple way we can all end injustice. The entire interview is available on www.oprah.com, and aired on March 8, 2015 at 10 a.m. EST on OWN TV.

Joan Chittister is the author of Between the Dark and the Daylight: Embracing the Contradictions of… Read More

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Why Evangelicals Don’t Want Brandan Robertson to Be an Evangelical

Brandan Robertson is a twenty-two year old blogosphere phenom.

His activism has scattered his posts, photos, and tweets all over social media. Last year, he started an organization called Evangelicals for Marriage Equality, and a few days ago he almost broke the Internet machine when he lost a book deal with an evangelical publisher after coming out as queer.

Brandan is committed to his evangelical faith. He entered Moody Bible Institute a wide-eyed conservative evangelical and left Moody an intellectually… Read More

Maze

When Your Spiritual Path Looks More Like a Maze

Last week my son came home from Sunday school with a maze—one of those worksheets in which you trace a looping labyrinth of trails from start to finish. His class had read the story of Jesus’s baptism, and the goal of this particular maze was to lead John the Baptist to Jesus. Rowan claimed the maze had been easy to navigate, but when I looked more closely at his worksheet, I saw it was covered in magic marker scribbles. Rowan… Read More