Gender Identity in Youth Ministry

I’m excited to share a new resource on gender identity for youth ministers.  Check out the Princeton Institute for Youth Ministry Engage blog. In this issue of Engage,  I join with other scholars, ministers, parents, and advocates to consider the impact of gender on the faith lives of youth.  The series...

School Dress Codes and Gender/Sexuality Bias

I have always struggled with what to do when it comes to rules about dress codes.  Whether that was when I was working in state-based juvenile facilities that required girls to wear over-sized, donated men’s t-shirts to “cover up” and not distract the boys or in youth group banning...

Animating Children: Dialogue on the Queer Art of Failure

Join a theological conversation related to childhood, queerness, and media studies via the Syndicate Theology blog. Here I respond to Judith (Jack) Halberstam’s book The Queer Art of Failure and the use of children and childhood as subjects and objects of ethical inquiry....

Youth Ministry Resource: Talking about Gender and Sexuality

I’m very proud and honored to share my videos from the Youth Ministry Initiative at Yale Divinity School. On two different occasions we recorded short clips that address a wide variety of issues related to sexuality and gender in the context of Christian youth ministry....

Sharing our Values: Parenting and Sexuality Education

For local Shoreline Connecticut folks. Join me . . . Monday, April 20th 7:15-9:00pm,  Griswold Hall First Congregational Church Guilford (Corner of Church and Broad St.) Parenting in today’s world is a complex and courageous task, especially when it comes to issues of sexuality. As parents, it can be...

Talking about Violence: A Lenten Response

On Ash Wednesday, I was serving as the choir parent volunteer. The parent brings the snack, serves as the second adult in the room, and helps out as needed. With 10 minutes left in practice, the Junior Choir Director stops and informs the children (3rd – 8th grade) that...

Gift-giving as Christian Practice

I love giving and getting presents. I am the person who wears or uses a gift immediately after receiving it. I put time and effort into choosing gifts for close friends and family. That said, I am uncomfortable with a Christmas season that inspires economic excess. As a parent,...

From Thanksgiving Tables to Ferguson Streets

As a white parent, I struggle with how to talk about the racialized history of our society with my white children. From the history of Thanksgiving to the events in Ferguson (and so many other cities), I wonder what I can say to my children that won’t be yet...

Laughing in Church

Just yesterday in Sunday Service, as the Cherub Choir began to sing, a few of the singers “got the giggles” after a small mistake was made.  To my delight, as a member of our congregation, no one tried to quiet them, rather we all laughed along in good measure...