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Walking a new spiritual path
May 11, 2018
When people feel alienated from their religious traditions and that their beliefs no longer fit, how do they forge a faith path on their own terms? 
University of Wisconsin Press
Coming out and becoming Catholic – at the same time May 11, 2018
Religious groups’ attitudes towards the LGBTQ community have become more supportive in the last decade, but institutions like the Catholic church still hold that homosexuality is a sin and strongly opposes gay marriage. That made it particularly difficult for author Erin O. White when she realized she was gay as she was in the process of joining the Catholic faith. She shares her journey to find a new faith space – on her own terms – in a new memoir. 

Erin O. White, author of "Given Up For You: A Memoir of Love, Belonging and Belief"
HarperCollins Publishers
Choosing gratitude in the face of pain May 11, 2018
In the lead up to the divisive 2016 presidential election, author and religion historian Diana Butler Bass found herself disheartened by the animosity and vitroil in American culture. Yet at the same time, she was due to write a book on gratitude for her publisher, but she had a hard time finding reasons to be grateful. In the process of writing, Butler Bass learned to find a new spiritual path to gratitude, as she healed from both new and old wounds.

Diana Butler Bass, author of Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks
Courtesy of Metropolitan Community Church of the Redwood Empire
Leaving Southern Baptist faith to embrace Two Spirit Cherokee identity May 11, 2018
The Rev. Norma Gann says she knew at a young age that she didn’t fit into the traditional gender roles she saw around her, reinforced by her conservative Southern Baptist faith. It wasn’t until she began to explore her Cherokee culture that she found her true gender identity: Two Spirit. But embracing that identity meant she would have to forge her own spiritual path.

Norma Gann, senior pastor at Metropolitan Community Church of the Redwood Empire in Guerneville, Calif.