Author: Cara Strickland

My Biology is No Accident

She stands at the front of the church and raises her arms in greeting. “The Lord be with you,” she says. We reply, “And also with you.”   My pastor is not tall, about five foot three, give or take—just…

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Interview with Kate Wallace of The Junia Project

The Junia Project is one of the first places I ever heard the term: egalitarian theology (I found them through Sarah Bessey’s work). Since then, I’ve learned so much from their scholarship and work, and been encouraged about God’s dream…

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It’s Okay to Do What You Love

As a young girl, my mom read The Giver aloud to my brother and I. I loved so many things about that book, but one thing that stuck with me was that ceremony when everyone is assigned a job that…

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A Letter about White Privilege

Dear Cara,   Remember the first time you heard the word privilege? You were little, and there was something that you’d done or didn’t do. As a consequence, you lost some privileges. For a short time, life was more limited,…

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Interview with Patricia Raybon, Author of My First White Friend

A couple of years ago, I was in charge of curating a shelf on race at a local bookstore. I was excited about the project, but wasn’t sure where to begin. I reached out to people I knew who were…

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Interview with Carol Howard Merritt, Author of Healing Spiritual Wounds

It took me about three minutes after receiving Carol Howard Merritt’s new book Healing Spiritual Wounds: Reconnecting with a Loving God After Experiencing a Hurtful Church to realize it was a book for me. It took me seconds longer to…

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Interview with Amy Peterson, Author of Dangerous Territory

I’ve been following Amy Peterson’s writing for a long time, so I know the current parts of her story much better than the ones found in her first book, Dangerous Territory: My Misguided Quest to Save the World, which releases…

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Interview with Brandon Hatmaker, Author of A Mile Wide

This month, we’ve made a point of curating essays and conversations around the idea of “the other.” With this in mind, I interviewed Brandon Hatmaker, whose ministry, along with his wife, Jen, has long focused on the homeless, the marginalized,…

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When Eating is a Spiritual Act

When you awake in the morning to find the sun has gone missing, the cloud cover seems so absolute, you wonder if it will return. Walk down the stairs, or down the hall, and put on the kettle. Switch on…

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Jane the Married Virgin and the Effects of Purity Culture

I’ve been watching Jane the Virgin since season one, enjoying the improbable telenovela story of a virgin who is artificially inseminated, having a baby long before she gets married or has sex. As a Catholic, saving sex for marriage is…

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