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  • Blog
    Mon, 23 May 2016
    ArticleMormon in Montana: My Experience Of LGBTQ Youth...

    These days I am one of the first in any group to jump to defend someone’s religious beliefs, including their right to share them in a friendly, respectful manner. It wasn’t always this way. At one point in my life, I found all religion, spirituality, or belief system harmful and hypocritical. The second God was... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 19 May 2016
    ArticleThe Universal Feminism of Caregiving And Other...

    (Part 1 of 4) Some months ago, I found myself sitting at a conference table with many well dressed, important people who work in veterans’ services. We were gathered together to provide feedback and guidance on a national campaign to retell the stories of veterans, with an emphasis on bridging the military-civilian divide. The... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 19 May 2016
    ArticleThe Universal Feminism of Caregiving And Other...

    (Part 2 of 4) A couple years ago, my husband and I recorded our story as part of the Military Voices initiative at Storycorps. On a cold September morning we sat in a tiny sound booth in the middle of Foley Square and spoke to each other about the last five years of our lives. It was a painful, hour long conversation that sprang from the... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 19 May 2016
    ArticleThe Universal Feminism of Caregiving And Other...

    (Part 4 of 4) It is not surprising that even within veterans’ spaces, it is difficult to find the voices of spouses and caregivers. We are bad at telling women’s stories on their own terms. (Ask female veterans how they think they are portrayed in the media.) The majority of military-spouses are women. Caregiving is largely... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 19 May 2016
    ArticleThe Universal Feminism of Caregiving And Other...

    (Part 3 of 4) Four months later, in March, my husband was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. (He received a job offer the day after his diagnosis. Sometimes life is funny like that.) In the midst of treatment we received a call from our local Storycorps associate letting us know that NPR wanted to use our story on Weekend... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 9 May 2016
    ArticleOn Storytelling

    I should begin by saying that I feel very ambivalent about sharing my own story. I did once, as part of a Storycorps interview with my husband. At the time the Storycorps Military Voices Initiative had partnered with Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) to search for veterans willing to share their stories. After reaching out to their members... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 9 May 2016
    ArticleA Love Letter To Our Church From Your LGBTQI...

    Originally posted by Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN), the letter below caused RMN's website to crash due to an overload of traffic just hours after the letter's release. Believe Out Loud is honored to host a copy of this historic letter, and we stand in solidarity today with the 111 LGBTQI clergy and candidates... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 9 May 2016
    ArticleDream on Church Street

    For the past three months, I’ve been working with a company of actors in Montclair, NJ to create a new play that addresses community–police relations there, similar to the way Uniform Justice was created in Memphis, TN. It’s an intense process to write a play in three months, especially when that play needs to reflect... more...

  • Blog
    Fri, 6 May 2016
    ArticleContinuing the Quest for Global Peace and Human...

    On the eve of the UN’s “High Level Conversation on Religions for Peace,” co-organized by the Government of Kazakhstan and featuring Foreign Minister H.E. Erlan Idrissov as one of the plenary speakers, Kazakhstan’s Ambassador to the US, H.E. Kairat Umarov, convened a conversation among religious leaders to discuss... more...

  • Blog
    Tue, 26 Apr 2016
    ArticleDance is a Common Journey

    May 7th is right around the corner, and it’s also the premiere of the Intersections Dance Collective’s (IDC) newest work — The Common Journey — at West End Collegiate Church. As a dancer in the Collective, I’m looking forward to sharing this months-long creative process with the general public. Through this... more...

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