I realize that I’ve been writing all about Rachel Held Evans this week. But, if you’re unfamiliar with her work, I thought I’d share a few examples I admire in which “Rachel Evans says hard things.”
- In December 2012, three days after the heart breaking school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. Rachel shared this post on her blog: God can’t be kept out. It gave me goose bumps.
- In 2015, Held Evans wrote in the Washington Post: Want millennial back in the pews? Stop trying to make Church ‘cool’One quote that makes me want to shout AMEN! from the rooftops:
“When I left church at age 29, full of doubt and disillusionment, I wasn’t looking for a better-produced Christianity. I was looking for a truer Christianity, a more authentic Christianity: I didn’t like how gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people were being treated by my evangelical faith community. I had questions about science and faith, biblical interpretation and theology. I felt lonely in my doubts. And, contrary to popular belief, the fog machines and light shows at those slick evangelical conferences didn’t make things better for me. They made the whole endeavor feel shallow, forced and fake.”
- The Liturgists shared this brief podcast reading on Holy Saturday while Rachel Held Evans was still in the hospital. In this brief episode, she grapples with her doubts shortly before leaving the church she attended in Tennessee, which she writes about in Searching for Sunday. It’s so lovely.
- Last, among the hardest of hard things, Rachel Held Evans wrote, spoke and challenged the “Evangelical Right” on the issue of abortion. As several “heart beat” bills are moving through various state legislatures this month, Rachel Held Evans’ essay breaks open the idea of what it means to be a “pro-life Christian”, and I wish that some of our lawmakers would read this essay before casting votes that criminalize miscarriage, but do little to do something about the rising maternal mortality rate in our country.
- Finally, there are her four published books: Faith Unraveled, A Year of Biblical Womanhood, Searching for Sunday, Inspired, and her forthcoming book: Wholehearted Faith