“God, Like Me, a Mother” is in the January print issue of Sojourners. It’s behind a paywall right now so you’d need a subscription to read beyond the first stanza. (I have some print copies!)
I told my parents being published in this magazine would definitely out me as a progressive Christian and they both laughed to say that was likely already a drawn conclusion. It’s true that I’ve changed my mind about a lot of things related to faith over the last decade or so. It feels like, as one dear friend said to me, it’s been “a series of small decisions” that possibly went unnoticed to others but added up to a big evolution for me in the end.
I read today that the antidote to bad religion is good religion, so I guess that’s what I’m actually working toward. This poem addresses that by allowing the speaker to question what she’s been told while also interrogating what she hasn’t been allowed to consider until now. It’s been through several revisions and I’m thankful to all the writers who shared their feedback in the process.
I’ll update when it’s available to everyone online!