Rank #1: SueAnn Shiah | Why Isn't Your Identity in Christ? - Episode 24
Artist and theologian SueAnn Shiah takes a philosophical approach in answering the pesky question "but, why isn't your identity in Christ?"
Rank #2: Jennifer Knapp | Coming Out, Creativity, and Transformation - Episode 1
Grammy-nominated recording artist Jennifer Knapp talks about coming out, reconciling her identity, and how her music has transformed since owning her story.
Rank #3: Dave and Tino Khalaf | Same-Sex Marriage and God - Episode 21
Bloggers David and Constantino Khalaf talk about being married and what queer marriages show us about God.
Rank #4: Jen Hatmaker Went to Pride - Episode 58
New York Times bestselling author Jen Hatmaker talks about going to her first ever pride parade (!), giving mom hugs, parenting, and faith shifts.
Jen is a sought-after speaker, a popular blogger, and beloved author of eleven Bible studies and books, including NYTimes Bestseller "For the Love" and her newest book "Of Mess and Moxie."
She is the happy hostess of a tightly knit online community where she reaches millions of people each week in addition to speaking at retreats, conferences, and seminars all around the country. Jen and her hubby, Brandon, are founders of the organizations Restore Austin, which connects churches and non-profits in the Austin community, and the Legacy Collective, a giving community that granted more than a million dollars in its first year. The couple also pastors Austin New Church and lives on the outskirts of Austin with their 5 kids: Gavin, Sydney, Caleb, Ben, and Remy, in a 1910-era farmhouse which they recently overhauled as stars of the HGTV series "Big Family Renovation".
To find out more about Jen, visit her over at www.jenhatmaker.com
Rank #5: Dr. Robin DiAngelo | Being White, Being Marginalized, and Racism - Episode 3
Critical race theorist and author Dr. Robin DiAngelo talks about what it means to be white amongst marginalized identities (hint: we don't get a pass on racism).
Rank #6: Caitlin Stout | Out at a Christian College - Episode 19
Blogger and student Caitlin Stout talks about being out and proud at an evangelical Christian university.
Rank #7: Rachel Held Evans is Hopelessly Straight - Episode 44
New York Times bestselling author Rachel Held Evans joins Matthias to talk about her process of becoming affirming, what she's learned about being an ally, and her new book, Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again.
Rachel has been featured in the Washington Post, The Guardian, Christianity Today, Slate, The Huffington Post, the CNN Belief Blog, and on NPR, BBC, Today,and The View. She served on President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and keeps a busy schedule speaking at churches, conferences, and colleges and universities around the country.
Rank #8: Matthew Vines on the State of the Movement - E61
Matthew Vines is the author of God and the Gay Christian and founder of The Reformation Project, an organization seeking to reform church teaching on sexual orientation and gender identity. In this episode, he talks about the state of the queer faith movement in today's political atmosphere.
Matthew's work is responsible for bringing the national conversation around queer Christianity to a fever pitch with the publication of his book causing countless faith leaders and denominations to contend with his argument that one can, indeed, be queer and Christian. He has been featured by Time Magazine, The New York Times, Politico, NPR, and many others.
Rank #9: Julien Baker is Uncertain - Episode 47
Julien Baker is a Tennessee based singer/songwriter with a knack for finding the shaky ground between heart-wrenching and cathartic. Her solo debut album, Sprained Ankle, was one of the most widely acclaimed works of 2015. In this episode she talks about uncertainty, church hopping, anxiety, and identity.
Julien has performed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, was one of Out magazine’s Out100 in 2017, and has been featured by The New York Times, Paste, The New Yorker, GQ Magazine, Vice, NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, and so many more.
Be sure to pick up a copy of Julien's new album Turn Out the Lights wherever music is sold. She can be found across the internet, @julienrbaker.
Rank #10: Anna Golladay - Live from Wild Goose Festival
This episode was recorded live from the Wild Goose Festival podcast stage on July 12, 2019 in Hot Springs, NC.
Anna Golladay is a United Methodist Minister who made headlines in 2018 when she was fired for performing a same-gender wedding. Listen in as she shares some of her story, her thoughts about where the UMC is heading now, and the larger implications on churches everywhere.
Rank #11: On Second Adolescence with Sarah Kessler - E73
Sarah Kessler is a life coach (CPC, ELI-MP), speaker, and writer who is passionate about connecting with individuals and empowering them to live a life marked by radical self-love, freedom, and endless possibility. In this episode, she sits down with Matthias to discuss the phenomenon of "second adolescence" which many people experience after coming out.
Sarah resides in Denver, CO, with her wife, Stacey, and their new puppy, Kamari. She can be found at coachkessler.com and also over at The Christian Closet. She's on Twitter and Instagram, @thecoachkessler
Join the Tell Your Pastor #imaffirming campaign for Lent:https://www.generousspace.ca/lent-2019-tell-your-pastor-imaffirming/
Rank #12: Amelia Markham | Certainty, Theology, and Sin - Episode 11
Advocate and field-organizer, Amelia Markham talks about her journey within Christianity, nuance and certainty, and about a systemic theology of sin.
Rank #13: Robin DiAngelo | This Episode is for White People* - Episode 34
Critical race theorist and author, Dr. Robin DiAngelo sits down to talk with Matthias about holding both marginalized (queer, gender) and privileged (white) identities. She's the author of What Does It Mean To Be White? and the forthcoming White Fragility: Why It's So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism (Summer 2018).
*This is a re-release of Episode 3 due to Matthias having laryngitis. This is a foundational episode to the mission of Queerology, if you haven't heard it. Listen. If you have heard it, listen again.
Rank #14: Dr. R. Marie Griffith | Sex, Gender, and Politics - Episode 35
Dr. R. Marie Griffith is one of the leading scholars on sex, gender, religion, and American politics. Her new book, Moral Combat: How Sex Divided American Christians and Fractured American Politics exposes and explores the intimate connection sex has had on politics. Today, she sits down with Matthias to walk back in history and answer the question "how did we get to where we are today in the fight for LGBTQ rights?"
The two books Dr. Griffith mentions in the episode are:
- Reforming Sodom: Protestants and the Rise of Gay Rights by Heather R. White
- After the Wrath of God: AIDS, Sexuality, and American Religion by Anthony M. Petro
Dr. Griffith is on Twitter, @RMarieGriffith.
Rank #15: Candice Czubernat | Queer Mental Health - Episode 38
Therapist and founder of The Christian Closet, Candice Czubernat discusses the complexities of mental health while living as a queer people of faith. Candice was named one of the "10 Pro-LGBT Religious Women You Should Know" by The Advocate and is an active blogger and speaker around issues of LGBTQ Christianity and mental health.
Rank #16: A Quick Response to the United Methodist Church
Yesterday, the United Methodist Church voted to strengthen its ban on LGBTQ+ clergy and same-sex marriages, a difficult blow to so many of us who have been fighting for inclusion.
This morning, a friend sent me this passage of scripture: Ezekiel 34 and it felt so pertinent. This is not a hot take but instead a reading of a sacred text as a reminder.
Give yourselves room to grieve and rage today.
Rank #17: (Encore) Candice Czubernat is a Therapist
In this encore of Episode 38, therapist and founder of The Christian Closet, Candice Czubernat discusses the complexities of mental health while living as a queer people of faith. Candice was named one of the "10 Pro-LGBT Religious Women You Should Know" by The Advocate and is an active blogger and speaker around issues of LGBTQ Christianity and mental health.
Rank #18: On Coming Out with Amber Cantorna
Join Matthias and Amber as they celebrate the launch of her new book Unashamed: A Coming Out Guide for LGBTQ Christians, which is out everywhere today! Amber Cantorna is an author, speaker, blogger, musician, and leader in the movement of acceptance and inclusion for LGBTQ+ Christians.
Her first book, Refocusing My Family: Coming Out, Being Cast Out, and Discovering the True Love of God (featured in Episode 20 of Queerology) released in 2017 and detailed her coming out journey after growing up the daughter of a Focus on the Family executive. Amber resides in Denver with her wife Clara and their dogs.
Find out more about the Tell Your Pastor #imaffirming campaign: https://www.generousspace.ca/tell-your-pastor-imaffirming/
Rank #19: Justin Lee | The Power of Nuance and Listening - Episode 14
Author and activist Justin Lee discusses leaving the Gay Christian Network, the power of listening, and his new projects.
Rank #20: Vicky Beeching is Undivided - Episode 51
Vicky Beeching is a writer, speaker and equality campaigner named by The Guardian as "arguably the most influential Christian of her generation." Previously, she worked as a songwriter and worship leader throughout her twenties and half of her thirties and her songs are some of the most-sung in churches around the globe. When she came out as gay, all of that changed. On today's episode, Vicky talks about coming out, living with chronic illness, and the importance of Pride.
Vicky has degrees in theology from Oxford University and has recently returned to academia part-time, alongside her writing and speaking, to do a Ph.D. Her first book, Undivided, is out today with HarperCollins.
Find out more about Vicky at vickybeeching.com. She's across social media @vickybeeching.