Pure, a Book Review and Deconstructing Purity Culture: At the Intersections of Black, Female & Womanist

Illustration by Katarzyna Bogdańska A few days ago, I stumbled across the book “Pure” by Linda Kay Klein. I couldn’t put it down. Surely, this book would provide both critical insight and compelling testimony into the insidious innerworkings of peak Evangelical purity culture. Unfortunately, the 35-page Introduction was the best part of the book. At once bothContinue reading “Pure, a Book Review and Deconstructing Purity Culture: At the Intersections of Black, Female & Womanist”

The Things They Carried

Our guests arrive in the evening. They arrive and the news said they were in the detention facilities. ICE has released them and now is the slow, steady work of reconnecting them with their families and communities. Many arrive as partial families. They arrive with children, some small and shy, some giggle. They arrive carrying one another. Here,Continue reading “The Things They Carried”

For Girls Asked to Participate in Communion: A Slam Poem

It’s a Thursday when I get the email. An invitation to participate as a communion attendant.They would like me to hold the bread. My husband, the wine.Am I willing and able to serve in this way. Please advise. Please advise. Will I hold the bread?Please advise.Am I willing and able to serve in this way?PleaseContinue reading “For Girls Asked to Participate in Communion: A Slam Poem”