LGBTQ Category

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 – Inherent Value


  As we become more aware of our inherent value, we’re going to start respecting the inherent essence of everybody else around us. Isaac Archuleta – therapist, writer, speaker, founder of iAmClinic, and executive director of spiritual and relational formation at Q Christian Fellowship – joins Annie to talk about desire, its relationship with shame, […]

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God Help Us – Privileged Grief


That, to me, was so redeeming – this picture of my kids just loving Paula and going, that’s how God sees her too. Jonathan Williams, lead pastor of Forefront Church in Brooklyn, New York, and author of She’s My Dad: A Father’s Transition and a Son’s Redemption joins Annie to talk about what it was […]

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God Help Us – Coming Out


When I came out, and I chose to go a direction of saying, “I believe God loves me just as I am, without caveats, without conditions,” that was the moment I broke free. Author and advocate Amber Cantorna visits with Annie to talk about her new book, Unashamed: A Coming Out Guide for LGBTQ Christians. […]

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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 – Politics of Purity


Something was shifting in culture – we started pumping money into abstinence-only education in 1980 and it peaked in the early ‘90s, the same time that we unrolled the purity movement. It happened across the country – this was a sociopolitical movement, it wasn’t just a church movement. This very special episode of God Help […]

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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 – Our Harmful Beliefs


“These things that people do seem nonsensical, and we may never understand it on an individual level, but they’re doing it for a reason that makes sense to them – even if it causes them physical, emotional, spiritual pain. Otherwise, they wouldn’t do it.” In this episode of God Help Us, I talk with clinical […]

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