I am ‘wonderfully made’ & so are you.

I wonder often what it means to be human, and how to nurture ourselves, as well as collective humanity. I believe to be human is to enter into relationship with the complexity of our person and to be spiritual is to enter into relationship with the mystic nature of God. I participate in both these divine dances with reverence and joy. 

I am passionate about space creation and helping bridge dialogue for churches, groups, and organizations to allow the spirit to speak, heal, and cultivate redemptive movement especially at the intersection of sexuality, gender, faith, and grief care.

I am a Queer Christian who believes our causes inside Queer spaces and beyond belong to us all.

Intersected & Interlocked.

We are a part of an ongoing story of redemptive movement toward equality, inclusion, and justice for all humans.

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Belief & Being 

Discrediting the experiences of Queer bodies feels like discrediting the divine creation of God’s purpose & love for our individual presence in living. This love harbored in our uniqueness is meant to be experienced because it is a part of God’s vision and embodiment.

Audre Lorde offered us the truth that each individual does not live a single issue life – there are layers to us. With that noted, I believe that your struggle is mine & mine, yours. It is my belief that we were created to help one another to flourish. I believe we do this by tending to the literal dirt we were given life from, so that when we return we have tended to all of God’s people.

This care is developed from the tilled ash of the living-death we as queer bodied humans have experienced. This living-death isn’t unique only to queer bodies, so this space too is welcome to all. May you find rest, resistance, and new wisdom here from the collection of voices gathered.

WHAT WILL YOU FIND HERE?

bell hooks says that “Honesty and openness is always the foundation of insightful dialogue.”

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Hi, I’m Rachael and I’m delighted you’re here.

Here means my honest, transparent journey of living into ministry, reclaiming of my queer mind, body and spirit, and deep commitment to pastoral communal care and rebirth of human flourishing.

Here you’ll find reflections and movement around Queer Inclusion, Discernment, Biblical Interpretation, Grief Care, How To Be Human Podcast & more.

Currently, I am pursuing my Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Practical Theology with a concentration in pastoral care at Columbia Theological Seminary.

I believe our collective stories lead to liberation of self and community.
Here are the stories that caress my own imagination and hopefully yours for a more equitable and justice filled world.
Journey with humans as they live into their truths, fight to be heard, seen and carve out collective change. This is How to be Human – a not so how-to-guide on living into our beliefs, healing and being us

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