God is Not an Asshole (and Other Things I Wish My Church Told Me)
Fri Noon | Portal
Micah J. Murray
For many Christians, the Gospel has not been good news. The words of Scripture and the teachings of Jesus have been used to exclude, threaten, and condemn those who have sought a meaningful connection with the Divine. A religion that claimed to be life-giving and beautiful has left us disillusioned and betrayed. We still want to follow Jesus, but don’t know if we can deal with all the shit that comes along with that. Is there hope for us? In this session, we will revisit the teachings of Jesus and reimagine what the Good News could be — using a combination of theological inquiry, personal stories, and heretical retellings of familiar parables. If you are interested in Christianity but don’t want a religion rooted in cognitive dissonance and spiritual shame, this is for you. Join us as we attempt to discover a God who is actually Love and a Gospel that is actually Good News.
Micah J. Murray
Micah is your typical somewhat disillusioned-but-tenaciously-hopeful post-evangelical millennial. He grew up in a weird home school cult, did a brief stint as a missionary in Africa, went to Christian college, got married, had two kids, got divorced, and now goes to therapy a lot and writes angsty stuff on the internet. People tell him all the time that he shouldn’t be a Christian anymore after all the shit he’s experienced in the name of that religion, but by some combination of stubbornness, laziness, and the grace of God, he still claims that faith (most days). Micah lives in Minneapolis with his family, where he makes websites for artists and authors and entrepreneurs and waits (impatiently) for spring. micahjmurray.com
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