Caris Adel

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Knowing the Underside of History

We are shaped by the stories we tell, by the unspoken plotlines that seep into us. Individually and collectively, the histories we know and the ones we don’t turn us into a specific kind of people. What do we choose to know? Why do we choose to remember? I’ve always loved...

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The Privilege of School Choice

  I don’t talk much about the fact that we educate our kids at home for lots of reasons, but one of them is I’m very aware that it’s a privilege.  Choosing to use that privilege, especially now that we’re in a new community where the choice takes on greater...

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The Art of Being A Passive Neighbor

I live where I do in large part because of people like downwardly mobile D.L., and Grace, Christena, and Suzannah, and because of their slow and steady dripping words about race and privilege.  I live in a poorer sort of neighborhood on the blacker side of town.  And before we moved, I had read books...

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On Being A Witness

“To be a witness does not consist in engaging in propaganda, nor even in stirring people up, but in being a living mystery.  It means to live in such a way that one’s life would not make sense if God did not exist.”- Cardinal Suhard I’m in the middle of...

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Resources: Gays, AIDS, and the Church, Part 9

Here’s a list of various blogs, websites, organizations, books, and movies related to the church, being gay, and HIV/AIDS. Blogs Queer Theology Anarchist Reverend Justin Lee Steve Gershom Anxious Gay Christian Middle Ground Dr. Trista Carr Eliel Cruz Julie Rodgers Eve Tushnet A Queer Calling Registered Runaway Jonas Weaver Freed...

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Domesticating God

I thrive on learning.  Memorizing knowledge, thinking and over-thinking is how my brain runs.  So of course, I excelled as an evangelical.  I won gold stars and awards at VBS for memorizing verses.  At the Baptist summer camp I went to, every 40 verses memorized meant you could throw a...