I joked about doing a Lana Del Rey recommendations tag.
Last month, Methodists voted against LGBTQIA+ inclusion. Continue reading “Aftermath of the Methodist vote”
Yesterday, the United Methodist church voted to uphold its ban on same-sex marriage and LGBTQ+ clergy. Continue reading “No Longer a Methodist”
Won’t lie, didn’t love 2018. Continue reading “Lauren’s 2018 Retrospective”
It’s Sunday and I’m headed to church.
I wanted to stay on theme.
Over plates of mediocre spaghetti, I hear a familiar discussion start. A fellow Christian (usually male, shaking his head sadly) puts his fork down and bellows, “The body of Christ is so FRACTURED!”
The rest of the table pauses. I munch on a corner of garlic bread.
“How can we have UNITY in the church,” the man continues, “if we’re all SEPARATE!?”
Missing the rhetorical nature of the question, the rest of the table jumps in. Continue reading “Solving Spiritual Debates”
In 2015, I wanted to move to Portland, Oregon.
When people asked me what my Plan was, I’d tell them, “I’m going to move to Portland and work at Powell’s.” Some people thought this was a cop-out, not knowing I was describing my Dream Life. I couldn’t wait to work at my favorite bookstore in one of my favorite U.S. cities.
That did not happen.
My quest to move proved a discouraging failure: I couldn’t find a job or affordable housing and all my predictive budgeting put me in massive debt. My dream started to look impossible.
In the wake of that disappointment, a new idea formed: What if I moved to Seattle? Continue reading “Seattle Reality Checks”