Laura Beth’s Blog

I can’t do purple

I can’t do purple

I love you, all of you. But I can’t do purple. We are one nation. It was true before the election. It’s still true and it will continue to be true (unless Texas makes good on threats to secede). I would desire nothing different. “One nation” is a good thing. There may be some fronts on which we are united. Although sitting here at the moment I can’t exactly think of any. We may agree on the evils of slavery,…

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One God, One People

One God, One People

I just read an article in the Washington Post about the conflicts between Christian religious sects over territorial and sacramental claims concerning a The Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Ironically, as the article points out, the gate and key keepers of the church since the 12th century have been two muslim families – assigned to the task to help keep the peace among the Christians. I also read another Post article about Jen Hatmaker, Lifeway Christian stores and the backlash over…

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The Beauty Behind Gender

The Beauty Behind Gender

Today is Intersex Awareness Day. For most people in the world that’s a nice side note. Like seeing a car rally with a few random people driving a make and model of a car you’ve never seen before. It’s interesting and novel, but not incredibly relevant to you. For some of us, it’s a day to reflect on a piece of reality that lies beneath the very foundation of our existence. We are incredibly aware of the 5 biological markers…

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Faces and Spaces

Faces and Spaces

There is a table next to a wall in a large conference room covered in candles and sitting beneath the names of the shooting victims from Pulse in Orlando. My friend, Corie, had just the day before held back the emotion still sitting just beneath the surface of her vibrant heart as she recalled her days in Orlando working at Pulse. Time Magazine ran an article putting a national spotlight on Intervarsity Christian Fellowship’s “purge” of LGBTQ affirming staff. The…

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The Unruining

The Unruining

There was a quiet buzz emanating from an oddly sacred hall. I sat on a table with my ankle bared and laid in the hands of a talented stranger having asked him to leave a lasting mark. “Unruined” No longer ruined. Even in the months after the ink had healed, I contemplated all the ways the statement represented truth to me. I was ruined in my own mind by abuse and divorce and business failures and physical short-comings and mental…

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Redeeming Details

Redeeming Details

“Details are not my forte.” “I’m a big-picture person.” “Abstract concepts are my thing; let me have the ideas and people with other talents can worry about the details.” All are statements I have heard people make about themselves, I have had made about me, and I have made about myself. Each one of them are little more than a positive spin on a dirty little secret: details are my nemesis. They scare me. They elude me. They pop up…

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A Rocking Fundraiser!!

A Rocking Fundraiser!!

All through my life, my parents have been a valuable part of my journey. That didn’t change when I began this process of affirmation. While we don’t agree on many things – from politics to theology – we are able to focus on the things we still share. Things like a love of life, compassion, and desire to grow in our passion for God and all that is God’s. We can agree without question that “All God’s Children Have a…

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Blog and Book’s After School Special: Release Edition

Blog and Book’s After School Special: Release Edition

Blog: Well, book, this is it. Book: Yes, it is. Real world here I come. Blog: Are you nervous? Book: Yes, just a little. Blog: You should be, its brutal out there. Me: BLOG!! Quit trying to scare her. She is going to be just fine. Book – off you go – your new home at Amazon is waiting for you. I’ll be out there to check on you often and I have a whole bunch of friends that will…

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Question #11: Who is Sophia Sojourn?

Question #11: Who is Sophia Sojourn?

(note: scroll to the bottom of the post for the audio version!) That is a very legitimate question. In fact it has come to me in many forms. “That’s a great blog post you shared, please tell Sophia how much I enjoyed it.” “I saw that blog post, I can’t find anyone named Sophia Sojourn on Facebook though” The answer to the question is simple: Sophia is not a “who” but rather a “what.” To be very specific, it is…

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Sounds of a Sojourner – Marching On

Sounds of a Sojourner – Marching On

September is Suicide Prevention Month. In recognition of that, I’m posting this podcast of Marching On (follow the link for the text version). The post is also included in Chapter 5 of the soon to be released “Shattering Masks: Affirming my Identity. Transitioning My Faith.” You can see more about the September 24th release on the FB Page. Finally if you or someone you know is struggling with depression or thoughts of suicide, please remember you are not alone. Find…

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