"It's not my responsibility to be beautiful. I'm not alive for that purpose. My existence is not about how desirable you find me."
- Warsan Shire
Feminist. Christian. Improvisor. Bad bowler.
As a kid there were two things I promised myself I would never be, because they looked incredibly boring: a writer, and a pastor. I am both, and they are not. I believe in the power of speaking the truth in love, and if that doesn't work, speaking the truth a lot louder. BFAs in Religious Studies and Television, Film and Music Production, 2004; Masters of Divinity, 2013.
Salon, a book, and the blog that started it all
As a first-year seminary student, I was inspired by covered Muslim women. They said the hijab made them free. I designed an experiment: for nine months, I covered my hair, arms and legs and stopped wearing makeup. The result changed the way I viewed beauty, power, and faith.
Beacon Press, The Beauty Suit, November 2017
There's so much to be said about beauty, religion, and feminism, and how they do--or don't--work in tandem. The Beauty Suit is about my nine month modesty experiment, but it's also about the insufficient nature of power-as-sexiness, the version of "feminism" for which too many of us have settled.
Trying to whittle down the ways people can contact me directly (I sometimes miss messages with sixty-seven email accounts), so if you want to schedule me for an interview or guest spot, please contact my publicist, Perpetua Charles at Beacon Press, below.