I bill myself as as Writer-Teacher-Poet-Speaker-Hymnist-Public Theologian*
* ‘public theology’ seeks to equip the whole people of God to think together about the life of faith so they are empowered to act faithfully in their lives.
I offer resources to help people of faith explore gender, sexuality, ecology, and justice, with imagination, grace, and compassion. I’m available to do adult forums, lectures, short-term residencies, keynotes, retreats, sermons, hymn sings and more.
When God was a Little Girl. I wrote this short story, which retells the creation narrative through the metaphor of God as a little girl doing an art project, for my daughter Susanna wen she was just 5 years old. Twelve years later, in 2013, it became a crowd-funded award-winning picture book (with illustrations by Joan Hernandez Lindeman) that will appeal to imaginations both young and old. Find more about it and purchase it here.
To the Tune of a Welcoming God – Hymns for a Church Hungry for Welcome. I’ve collected fifteen of my hymn texts and put them on a CD. Iowa City-based singer-song writer Sara Kay has recorded the vocals. The album became available in July 2013. Read my blog post announcing the project (note that my Kickstarter campaign is over — and it was a resounding success) or more about the CD & book.
To the Tune of a Welcoming God – Lyrical reflections on Sexuality, Spirituality, and the Wideness of God’s Welcome. This collections of eloquent, accessible essays supporting full welcome to LGBT persons came out in 2008 and is now out-of-print, HOWEVER I have the remaining copies at my home and am happy to sell them until they’re gone. See more about the CD & book.
Buy the CD or the book here.
Hearts Unbound. This is a project completed with support from the Institute for Welcoming Resources. It’s a series of ten “readers’ theater” scripts that invite participants inside some of the welcoming biblical texts that belong in the conversation around welcome to LGBT persons. Each script will run about 25 minutes so that they can be used as part of evening Bible studies or Sunday morning adult education hours. Here’s the press release by the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force.