In his retirement, my father did research and writing about the denomination he loved. One of those articles traced the fight within the Christian Reformed Church over the issue of women voting. When he first told me about the research, I thought my dad meant women voting in church -- fights I could … [Read more...] about The Christian Reformed Church & Woman Suffrage
The January issue of Christian Century includes two articles I wrote. The cover story is my #MeToo #ChurchToo story about abuse at the hands of my senior pastor. Of course I want you to read that one! But don't miss the other article, which is a list: 18 ways that churches can fight sexual … [Read more...] about How Will Your Church Fight Sexual Assault in 2018?
Everyone has to leave home eventually (although I do know one fella who never did, he just outlived his parents!). Perhaps what differs is the manner in which we leave. What was it like when you left home? Did you launch happily, feeling supported and connected, or did you burn rubber on your way … [Read more...] about Can You Go Home Again?
I chose not to disguise the identity of my college in my memoir, so I was curious as to how the Calvin College community would react. In 1983 I intentionally stepped out of the (Dutch) Christian Reformed world and entered a different one. My new tent was Presbyterian, and it was bigger. I got … [Read more...] about Re-engaging the World that Shaped Me