Becky Garrison

Becky Garrison is a satirist/storyteller whose most recent book is Roger Williams’s Little Book of Virtues (Wipf & Stock, March 2020). Also, she edited Love, Always: Partners of Trans People on Intimacy, Challenge and Resilience (Transgress Press, 2015). Her six books include 2006’s Red and Blue God, Black and Blue Church (PW, starred review).

Recent Posts by Becky

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Out of the Box with Two Spirits

I caught a screening of the documentary Two Spirits while covering the 2012 Philadelphia TransHealth Conference. While the film focuses on the all too common story of yet another teen killed due to gender identity, this story also highlights that time when Native Americans held places of honor for people of integrated genders. According to…

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Seeing the Invisible War

Sitting through a Kirby Dick documentary is no easy feat. While viewing a press screening of Outrage, I felt compelled on more than one occasion to yell at the closeted homosexuals using their political clout to damn other gays and lesbians to death. His latest documentary, The Invisible War, evoked within me the same visceral…

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Welcome to My Neighbourhood

  Julia Bacha’s film tells the woefully under-reported stories of how ordinary Israelis and Palestinians engage in nonviolent grassroots advocacy toward a more equitable future. After I saw her documentary Budrus at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival, I made an effort to clear my schedule to catch her short film My Neighbourhood, co-directed by Rebekah Wingert-Jabi, when…

Virgin Apparitions, Holy Blood, and Me

During a panel discussion for The Virgin, the Copts and Me, held as part of the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival, Namir Abdel Messeh, a French filmmaker of Egyptian origin, admitted he had embarked on a seemingly impossible quest. How can one make a movie that proves if an apparition exists or not? After he watches…

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Buddha-killing The Avengers: Hulk Reflections

Here at KtB, we do like to explore the margins of faith, but once in a while we like to sharpen our Buddha-killing swords on a nice big piece of ultra-pop culture, to mix several metaphors.  And there’s nothing bigger than this summer’s Marvel blockbuster The Avengers, directed by Joss Whedon and starring Iron Man,…

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Networking Ourselves to Death

While I was walking around sampling free food and beer during 2012 SXSW Interactive Festival, a quiet man handed me a card inviting me to access paid Wi-Fi via a Homeless Hotspot. After I said a quick “thank you,” I filed this card in my tote bag along with the reams of postcards, press releases…

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Telling Trans Stories

While reporting on trans issues, a friend connected me with Shay Kearns (aka Anarchist Reverend). In my email exchanges with this seminary graduate (M.Div from Union Theological Seminary in New York, NY), I found myself drawn to his exploration of a new way forward for queer theology; one that isn’t focused on apologetics but instead…

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Reporting from the Thin Line

In the fall of 2010, I set off to tour the United States talking up Jesus Died for Buy Cheap Cialis Soft This? and conducting research for Ancient Future Disciples. These recent pilgrimages allowed me to witness an explosion of global grassroots communities who are moving away from the attractional model of “cool” church that…

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Father James Martin’s Sublime Silliness

Need a break from the ongoing religious wars? Of course you do.  Father James Martin can help. He’s official chaplain to The Colbert Report, culture editor for the national Catholic magazine America, and bestselling author, mostly recently, of  Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life.  Buddha-killer Becky Garrison got to…

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Show Forth, Signs of the Spirit!

Instead of wearing purple today to commemorate Spirit Day, I tweeted this reflection: @Becky_Garrison  In honor of #spiritday, let’s stop w/ anti-bullying articles (See http://blog.sojo.net/2011/10/19/standing-up-to-bullies-on-spirit-day-what-would-jesus-do/) which don’t address anti-gay theology that’s deadly. With only 140 characters, I didn’t have space to add that for an organization that claims to be on the cutting edge of…

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Following the Gospel of George

In talking about his new documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World, director Martin Scorsese reflected on his personal encounter with George Harrison’s music: “I will never forget the first time I heard ‘All Things Must Pass,’ the overwhelming feeling of taking in that all glorious music for the first time. It was like walking into…

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Love in Action, Except Not

For those who wonder how they can respond when they see Michele Bachmann’s husband and other ex-gay activists spewing hatred, the documentary This is Love in Action demonstrates what can happen when even a small band of Christians finally stands up and speaks for those who have no voice. The film chronicles the journey of Zach, a…

Reporter in Transition

Initial reflections from the 2011 Philadelphia TransHealth Conference.

Anne Frank at the Fringe

I first met Carol Lempert while a student of Gary Austin, founder of the Groundlings. Her one-woman shows include That Dorothy Parker and The Camino: Walking the Pilgrim Road. The latest, After Anne Frank, will open at the this year’s FringeNYC Festival. Prior to seeing it, I decided to ask Carol a few questions about the spiritual and religious…

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Goshen College’s Star-Spangled Problem

At first glance, Goshen College’s decision to scrap the national anthem at sporting events due to the anthem’s violent lyrics might appear to be yet another case of anti-American liberal godlessness. But actually, this time, what’s at work is the conservative Anabaptist theology undergirding this private Christian college affiliated with the historically pacifist Mennonite Church…

Is SoJo a No-Go on LGBTQ Equality?

An online firestorm began over Mother’s Day weekend when the Rev. Robert Chase, founding director of Intersections, penned an article for Religion Dispatches documenting Sojourners’ rejection of an ad from Believe Out Loud that advocated full equality of LGBTQ people in the church. On the God’s Politics blog, Jim Wallis justified Sojourners’ decision not to…

Alexander McQueen’s Afterlife

Those who only know of Alexander McQueen as the name behind the most famous wedding dress in recent history will be in for a royal shock when they step inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s retrospective of McQueen’s career. Nowhere will one find anything resembling Kate Middleton’s virginal attire on display. Instead, the collection begins…

Castles Made of Sand

Some pointed questions about Burning Man for Steven T. Jones.