Tish Harrison Warren

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When Gay Rights Clash With Religious Freedom

The day the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges ruling came down in 2015, establishing a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, I called one of my dearest, oldest friends, a fellow writer, who is gay, married and lives in Oklahoma. Our conversation was over two hours long and one of the most vulnerable, loving talks we have ever had. I said to him, “Tell me every way this ruling makes your life better”.

One story he told sticks in my memory. A few months before, his husband, Brian, went to the emergency room with a serious cardiac condition. My friend told me that on the way to the hospital, amid this horrifically scary situation, one other fear whispered in the back of his mind.…  Seguir leyendo »

How Churches Can Do Better at Responding to Sexual Abuse

In May, a third-party investigation into the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in the United States, concluded that some former members of its top leadership committee, along with outside counsel, “closely guarded information about abuse allegations and lawsuits” and “were singularly focused on avoiding liability”.

As a result, the report said, “survivors and others who reported abuse were ignored, disbelieved, or met with the constant refrain that the SBC could take no action” because of its organizational structure “even if it meant that convicted molesters continued in ministry”. The report also showed that hundreds of people associated with the denomination had been accused of abuse, and that a list containing their names had long been kept secret.…  Seguir leyendo »

Me casé con la persona equivocada. Y me alegro de haberlo hecho

Creo sinceramente que todo el mundo se casa con la persona equivocada. Pero, incluso según ese criterio, nuestra unión fue complicada.

Nos casamos jóvenes sin tener idea de en qué nos estábamos metiendo o cómo decidir con quién casarnos, si es que debíamos hacerlo. Los dos llegamos con mucho historial a nuestra relación. Discutíamos mucho y no manejábamos bien los conflictos. Teníamos la vaga idea de que el matrimonio era bueno y la idea equivocada de que era un paso necesario hacia la adultez. Pero incluso mientras caminaba hacia el altar, tenía dudas sobre si debíamos casarnos.

Ahora mi esposo también es pastor anglicano y en los últimos veinte años ambos hemos presidido bodas y ofrecido asesorías prematrimoniales.…  Seguir leyendo »

How Christmas Changed Everything

Christmas sermons are notoriously difficult to write. The shock of the story — the wild and earth-shattering claim that God became a baby — all too often fails to astonish, lost amid sentimentality, familiarity, distraction, reindeer and holiday marketing.

But what Christians claim at Christmas is astonishing. It’s weird. We celebrate that God — the full and actual God — had a body, grew leg hair, cried salty tears, and breathed ordinary air. Not only that but that the full and actual God was a baby, an embryo, lacking all autonomy, utterly dependent and vulnerable.

There are other stories from the ancient world of gods or godlike beings who copulate with mortals and birth a demigod hero.…  Seguir leyendo »

I’m Not Ready for Christmas. I Need to Take a Minute

The past two years blur in my mind into a reel of fuzzy memories, stresses and changes, Covid alert levels, protests, violence, political animosity, Twitter fights, masks and yard signs. And that’s just what happened in the wider world. In my own life, there was a cross-country move, the birth of a son, hospitalizations for postpartum complications, job changes, church changes and a parent’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis.

All of us can list struggles in these past few years. The experience of a pandemic alone has been called a “mass trauma.” We’re tired. I’m tired.

So I am particularly grateful for the practice of Advent this year, a penitential season that began last Sunday.…  Seguir leyendo »

Dar las gracias no es algo que nos resulte sencillo. Y vale la pena el esfuerzo

Vengo de una familia que no habla mucho sobre los sentimientos. Casi siempre nos limitamos a los chistes, el sarcasmo y los deportes. Mientras crecía, quizás el mayor pecado (así lo veíamos) era ser solemnes y francos. Así que todos nos sorprendimos cuando un Día de Acción de Gracias, de la nada, nuestros papás anunciaron que empezarían un nuevo ritual para ese evento. Las 20 o 30 personas que estábamos ahí reunidas para la comida teníamos que compartir algo de lo que estuviéramos agradecidos.

Con los años, esta práctica tomó las propiedades repetitivas que tienen todas las ceremonias. Algunas personas expresaron gratitud por su salud, o por los amigos y la familia.…  Seguir leyendo »