Gender Issues Category

God Help Us – Masculinity & Belonging


I wanted to figure out if the ways I had been taught to believe and practice Christianity had been wrong. In this episode of God Help Us, Annie talks with Myles Markham about defining masculinity and finding belonging.  Myles is a community organizer, theology nerd, and is working on his MA in practical theology at […]

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God Help Us Replay – Women with Authority


The assumptions that we bring to scripture influence our interpretation and even our translation – and not always for the best. Throughout the history of Christianity, people have used the Bible to try to ban women from leading. In this episode of God Help Us, I talk with Pastor Kari Olson about what the Bible […]

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God Help Us Replay – Empire


Christianity becomes a power complex and so it’s no longer used as a tool for love, but for domination. One of the best teachers I’ve ever had is Dr. Angela Parker, a brilliant womanist new testament scholar who challenges me to interrogate my reading of the biblical text and to question where I place myself […]

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God Help Us Replay – Church


How do we move into a place of wholeness and then desire? And then what I love about the church is the collective power it has for good. Jen is a great person to talk to about church: the good, the bad, the unexpected. She has no illusions about the institution and yet she loves […]

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God Help Us – Church Clarity


Non-affirming policies are, I think, harmful. But there’s an extra level of harm when those policies are covered over and revealed only after a significant level of investment. Can women and queer people be church leaders? Christian congregations hold a wide variety of beliefs on both counts – but all too often, people experience a […]

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God Help Us – Augustine


It’s not just my experience – it’s my experience and your experience and somebody else’s experience and how they interact with each other.   This episode is dedicated to the great Rachel Held Evans who passed away on May 4, 2019. Please hold her family in your hearts in the wake of their deep loss. […]

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God Help Us – Q & A


This very special bonus episode of God Help Us was recorded with a live audience at Cedar & Spokes Coffee and Bar in Seattle on March 2nd at an event we called Undoing: Decolonizing our Bodies and Sexuality. This is the audience Q&A session with Gabes Torres, Annie Mesaros, and Tina Schermer Sellers. In this […]

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God Help Us – Gender Equity


“It’s allowing people who have a different kind of take on the universe into positions where their personality affects the culture of the tribe. And that’s a very good thing.” A couple weeks ago, the US Supreme Court lifted injunctions on Trump’s ban on transgender people openly serving in the military, making it possible for […]

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God Help Us – Women with Authority


Throughout the history of Christianity, people have used the Bible to try to ban women from leading. In this episode of God Help Us, I talk with Pastor Kari Olson about what the Bible says about women having authority in the church and over men and what those implications might be for our social and […]

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Having Power…is a Good Thing


In his book, In the Name of Jesus, Henri Nouwen applies the three temptations of Jesus to challenges in pastoral leadership. In Matthew chapter 4, following his baptism, Jesus fasts 40 days in the desert and then is tested by the devil. He’s told to turn stones to bread, to throw himself off the temple, and to fall down […]

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