Christ didn't call us to find groups of people who agree with us on everything, and then hang out with them so we feel good about ourselves. He also didn't call us to be disagreeable people, belittling those who disagree with us, with a self righteous attitude.
From the day I changed my name, in the eyes of the Church, I have stood in my husband's shadow. That was the day I began to wonder if this was the kind of Church I could love, this one that could pass so easily over so magnificent a choir director just because she was a woman.
I believe that a woman, no matter what her economic circumstances, should have access to safe and dignified reproductive health care. I believe that a woman facing an unintended pregnancy is best suited to make decisions for herself and her family.
The church is not only a Bride -- the church is also an incarnational Body and a royal kingdom Witness -- but when it comes to gender, the beauty of the feminine in communion with the Divine is the only metaphor that Scripture gives us. And for this reason, we ought to love the ecclesia effeminate.
Instead of asking, however, why people are running away from churches faster than a squirrel will cross a busy street, most fundamentalist Christian leaders point to those leaving as if something were wrong with them.