This episode is a conversation about the book Modern Kinship: A Queer Guide to Christian Marriage by David and Constantino Khalaf who invite the LGBTQ community to see marriage in a new enchanting light—that of an unorthodox, unbiblical, LGBTQ-affirming “Christianity”. The book makes the case that queer “Christian” marriage is a healthy option for partnered gays and lesbians, and that, in many cases, it is a more functional version of its counterpart—heterosexual marriage. Its forward is written by the late Rachel Held Evans.

The second part of the episode is a discussion of Evans’s legacy in second annual Evolving Faith Conference which was held Oct. 2019 in Denver. It has been only a few short months since the untimely and tragic and death in May 2019 of writer Rachel Held Evans, founder and co-creator of the Evolving Faith Conference. Almost 3,000 spiritual seekers gathered in Denver for the annual conference. In Evans’s stead, Sarah Bessey and Jeff Chu guided the assembly through the continued deconstruction of this historic, orthodox Christian faith and into the initial stages of its radical reconstruction. More than 20 theologically progressive leaders spoke, sang, and led workshops. The familiar voices of Barbara Brown Taylor, Nadia Bolz-Weber, and Jen Hatmaker rang out alongside the movement’s up and coming generation—Kaitlin Curtice, transgendered author Austen Hartke, Amena Brown, Cece Jones-Davis, and many others. Woven throughout the conference were themes of wilderness and inclusion.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Anne Kennedy about her forthcoming articles, “Losing Faith: A Look at the 2019 Evolving Faith Conference” and “A Helper Like Me: A Review of Modern Kinship: A Queer Guide to Christian Marriage, by David and Constantino Khalaf. Check back for the forthcoming articles here and our article archive page.

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