Education: BA in English and History from University of Mary Hardin-Baylor; MA applications in progress.
Family: one spouse (Scott) and one dog (Gideon). 4 siblings, two parents, eight nieces and nephews.
Job: like most millenials, I have two part-time jobs. The one I claim is middle school history teacher at a small private school
Political: I’ve been called a liberal, both lovingly and not. I am not a 45 supporter, if that tells you anything. I’m really more “left” than liberal. I’d love to have a conversation with you about it, if you want. I love talking politics. My husband does not.
Musicians that move me: blink-182, AVA, Josh Garrels, The Brilliance, Gungor, Relient K, The Classic Crime, Memphis May Fire, Boxcar Racer, Megosh
Authors that capture me: Neil Gaiman, J.K. Rowling, Flannery O’Connor, Walker Percy, Mary Shelley, Jhumpa Lahiri
Books I’ll reread a million times before I die: Harry Potter series, American Gods, Frankenstein
“Important People” I admire: The Liturgists (Science Mike and Michael Gungor), Elizabeth Warren, Leslie Knope, Sam Winchester, Pope Francis, Peter Rollins, Peter Enns, Rob Bell
Most Important Film I’ve seen this year: “I Am Not Your Negro.”
Theological interests: Racial reconciliation, patristics, what Jesus actually said
On my “Want to Read” list: “Living Christ, Living Buddha.” “Beloved.” Everything by James Baldwin
Hobbies: D&D, MTG, hiking and camping, drinking craft beers, reading
Things you may not know about me: I’m a vegetarian (switching to vegan) because of climate change. I am not a Biblical literalist. I believe in evolution (check out BioLogos for more information).
A note about my personal religious beliefs: I am a Jesus-believing person. That makes a Christian in the genuine definition of the word, for a Christian is “a believer in Jesus Christ and his teachings.” I believe in his teachings of love, above all. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and Love your neighbor as yourself.” I do not subscribe to the belief that other religions are inferior or evil. I love and accept my neighbors of all religions, because I think Jesus would. So, just because I may approach this concept of the Good, True, and Beautiful from a Jesus-oriented perspective, that does not mean that I discount those who approach it from other religious or non-religious perspectives. I welcome other perspectives to be shared here, if you have them.
I believe deeply that all Truth is God’s Truth, therefore I do not limit myself to consuming only “religious” or “Christian” media, art, literature, etc. In fact, I strive to find truth and beauty outside of those boundaries. The human experience is so much more than a set of religious dogma or creeds. Life is meant to be deeply lived, experienced, and savored. I do not believe I am here just to believe in a higher power and convince others to do the same. I believe I am here to experience all the glory and majesty of a kingdom come to earth, and to bring others into that joy. Goodness, Truth, and Beauty is all around us. We just have to open our souls up to it.