You may know Isaac Archuleta from a previous episode but I’m bringing him back because we have a surprise to share with you. He is the creator of the I Am Clinic, a place where LGBTQ Christians can receive mental health services that allows them to step into their fuller selves. Find out more about Isaac at iamclinic.org.
George has been in the church his whole life. From growing up in the Coptic Orthodox tradition, to serving in Pastor roles within Evangelical and Mainline Churches. We get the chance to talk about George and his work with Church Clarity. As George puts it, “We shouldn’t know more about our Uber drivers than we do about our pastors.”
Aaron Bailey is an executive pastor at Left Hand Church and the founder of Launch Pad, a church planting organization for open and affirming churches. I met Aaron at a conference where we bonded over our entrepreneurial endeavors in the faith sector. It’s not too often I get to geek about about the intersections of my two passions (faith and startups) so don’t hate me too much after listening to this convo!
Today’s guest is Elizabeth Jeffries, author of the forthcoming book Through the Kaleidoscope: How Exploring Cell Biology Transforms My Relationship With God. Raised in an evangelical fundamentalist non-denominational Christian church our discussion focuses on Elizabeth’s journey and what brought her into this space of openness and acceptance. We get to talking about homeschool, A Wrinkle in Time and of course sex.
Today’s guest is Lenny Duncan, Pastor of Jehu’s Table and author of the upcoming book Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the U.S. Today Lenny is discussing his new devotional in Our Bible App called Recovery & Resurrection: For Those Who Have Known Death Intimately, along with his book and a bit about his complex sexuality. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed talking to this Goliath of Truth Bombs.
Today’s guest is Danny Prada, pastor of the Heartway Church. Danny aids the homeless population, pastors the Heartway church and hosts their weekly podcast. Pastor Danny is also in the process of working towards his doctor of ministry degree at Fuller Theological Seminary.
Bailey Brawner is the Pastor of two congregations in the United Methodist Church in Alaska. She graduated from Boston University School of Theology with an MDiv. and a certificate in Religion and Conflict Transformation. Bailey is focused on creating spiritual spaces for people who've experienced religious trauma. Today she talks about all these things as well as what it's like to be open about her asexuality. Find out more about her at BaileyBrawner.com.
Today for Valentine’s day I wanted to do something special. Valentine’s day can often make you feel that breeze of loneliness. You may feel content in your singleness or your relationship every other day but the moment Valentine’s day comes around that explosion of artificial pink hearts and candy can make you question everything and suddenly you’re super-duper insecure. Well I say knock it off and here’s how. Kevin Garcia is here to help us snap back to reality. Remember. You are enough and here’s how you know. Let’s talk to Kevin. Kevin Garcia is a digital pastor, content creator, and self identifying hot mess. Working at the intersection of queerness, sexuality, Christian faith, gender, and justice, Kevin creates videos blogs and podcasts that reflect the queer Christian experience.
Tuhina Verma Rasche and Jason Chesnut are two Lutheran ministers and the duo behind such liturgical collections as Shut The Hell Up and Fuck This Shit. This year they focused their dynamic power on Epiphany, that strange stretch of time between the new year and Lent. With a do-it-yourself-toolkit now available on the app, they hosted an event right here with me in Philly. We wore crowns, we played games, and we did the best thing of all which was learn more about Jesus through community. I know it sounds really sappy but ya’ll we had fun. Find them both on Twitter @TVRasche and @CrazyPastor (guess which is which).
Carla Sofia, also known as La Mechuda, is a lesbian woman, a Latina and a believer of Jesus now based in Argentina. She wants to open the conversation and show that LGBT + people can live spirituality in a real and true way. She is a pioneer, a mover and a shaker and is creating spaces in which those who want to commune at the intersections of Christianity and LGBT + identity can do so and thrive. Join us in this live conversation at the Queer Christian Fellowship Conference in Chicago.
Today I sit down with Micky Scotbey Jones. Micky is a justice doula, a writer, speaker and social justice advocate. Recently named one of the Black Christian leaders changing the world in the Huffington Post, Micky encourages others to join her in moments of holy disruption and self-care in community. If you love Micky (and I’m sure you will after this convo) you can support her endeavor to become a certified Enneagram Accredited Professional. She is so close and just needs your help to make her $4,000 goal. Find out more here.
Miriam Samuelson-Roberts is a co-host of the podcast Alter Guild and the author of our featured OBA devotional, New Year, Healed You. In this episode we discuss her amazing devotional which does away with the usual “new year, new you” traps. We also talk about what it’s like to be a bisexual pastor in a heterosexual (and monogamous) marriage. It was such a pleasure to chat with Miriam. I hope you feel the warmth too.
Have you ever felt entitled to rest? Can taking a Sabbath be an act of social justice? Lyndsey Medford thinks so! And she penned those words in her devotional series, “The Burnouts Guide to Being Human” now available in Our Bible App. I don’t know about you but a discussion about burnout feels quite timely right about now! Tune in as Lyndsey and I take this conversation to whole new and surprising places.
Today’s guest is OBA author Rev. Jacob Breeze. He is the pastor of the Holy Family Church in Houston. He wrote a devotional for the app about the Liturgical calendar and the importance of following it all the way through and not just at special holidays like Christmas. I gotta say I loved talking to this man and let’s hope he decides to contribute more to the app.
Laura Jean Truman is an Atlanta based writer, and the author of Our Bible App’s newest devotional series, Imagination: The Most Underrated Spiritual Discipline. In this episode I get to fangirl all over the place about Laura Jean’s amazing work, her activism and finally about the devotional she wrote for us.
Jamie Lee Finch is a musician, poet and a Relationship Guide between humans and their bodies. She works with individuals of all genders who consistently find within themselves an inability to connect with, communicate with, and successfully relate to their own bodies. Many of these individuals are survivors of fundamentalist religion who now experience a range of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual conditions. I hope you enjoy the show!
Chris Stroop is an ex-Evangelical seeking to create space for other ex-Evangelicals and exiles from other forms of religious fundamentalism. He writes, “Reclaiming and sharing our ex-Evangelical stories will serve both to foster healing and to raise awareness of the threat to democracy and human rights posed by theocratic views, and of the real human harm caused all too often by conservative Evangelicalism.” Follow Chris on Twitter @C_Stroop and read more of is writing here!
Today I bring you a conversation I had with a very special old life friend of mine, Jessie Standafer. You know those conversations where you pick up where you left off after 6 years and don’t realize how much you missed the person? This is that convo! Jessie Standafer is a musician a doula and all around artist. She is figuring the divide between lesbian and Christian and is probably doing it better than most of us! All that to say Jessie is glowing with wisdom and I hope you enjoy both their words and their music. Watch the videos we discuss here and visit iTunes to get ahold of her music.
I'm so excited to be back with another season of Lord Have Mercy and this episode is all about having the kind of sex we WANT to have and loving the bodies we inhabit. This wasn't my idea, it was all Emily Joy. Emily Joy is so RAD guys! This episode I got to sit and chat with her about all of the intimate and scary things. If you are a fan like me you should download her music, join her newsletter and send her all the love. You can start by dropping by her website at EmilyJoyPoetry.com.
Join me, Crystal Cheatham as I chat with Sarah Ngu about Church Clarity and a few other projects she's involved in. As a fellow podcaster Sarah has taken charge of Religious Socialism and works as a deacon in her church. Sarah and I talk about scripture, church and some of the things we have in common like being kids of immigrants who happened to also be missionaries. Finally we get to chat about Church Clarity which is an online database that is rating churches one-by-one on policies and personnel as a means of bringing clarity to their stances on some of todays most important public and, often divisive, issues. Find out more at ChurchClarity.org.