God Loves My Fat Body As it Is || Christianity Today, Her.Meneutics, October 2015
In all of my remembered days, two truths remain constant: I believe in God, and I am fat. While there have been seasons where I struggled with my faith or my fatness, neither has ever left me.
Wonderfully Made || PRISM Magazine, Winter 2014
Changing the way the church interacts with fat people requires a critique of the cultural norms. Churches need to cross diet devotionals off their schedule. Pastors need to erase sermon illustrations that end with something like “or you’ll end up fat and lazy!” Youth groups and women’s ministries especially need to combat the cultural ideals of bodies and beauty. Governing church bodies need to erase explicit size requirements and ask themselves if they are making subconscious size judgments. Individual Christians of all sizes need to refuse to participate in body hate and shame. Congregants need to see people of every size, appearance, and ability living life, and arm flab should be free to jiggle as hands wave in praise.
Post Traumatic Growth || PRISM Magazine, Fall 2014
While our ability to hope is impacted by the past, it is inherently about the future. Therefore, our view of the future has significant impact on what we hope for and how we live out that hope in the here and now. With this in mind, different people will have different views of what constitutes a “hope-filled” future. One could argue that the ability of spirituality in general and Christianity specifically to envision a future full of hope is crucial to seeing growth rather than decay in response to traumatic life events.