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Advent in Retrograde…

Advent is the beginning of the Church's liturgical calendar. I never knew that growing up. I always thought that Christmas happened at the end of the year, a way to go out with a bang when really, it's meant to be the beginning. It's a season of preparing ourselves for what is to come in the year ahead of us. It's the darkest point of the year (at least for the northern hemisphere) and each Sunday we light a new candle to signify the Light of God coming to us, illuminating the shadows. I've been meditating on this concept a lot recently, how that in the midst of the darkness of our world, God came as a tiny drop of…

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A Conversation about #ChurchToo

Trigger/Content Warning: This episode of A Tiny Revolution features topics relating to sexual assault, especially in religious contexts, and may not be suitable for all listeners, especially younger children. Listener discretion is advised. ... With all the stories of sexual assault coming to the light in Hollywood and in the political arena, it shouldn't be a shock to anyone that stories of sexual assault in the Church are becoming visible. Hannah Paasch and Emily Joy, being advocates themselves, started the #ChurchToo hashtag to give folks a chance to share their stories on a public platform to out assailants, to stand in solidarity with victims, and give others a #MeToo moment for folks in religious circles. It's been garnering national attention from…

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The Christian Trained Media Answer, w/ Satchell Drakes

When internet friends become real friends, it gets too real. Today, Satchell Drakes, a content creator and host of Forbe's OVERWORLD podcast joins Kevin to talk about being queer, POC and Christian in a world dominated by cis, straight, white dudes: the world of video games. They also talk about faith (classic), Satch's story, and even gush over mutual friend, Matthew Vines. Listen to "#40 The Christian Media Trained Answer, feat. Satchell Drakes" on Spreaker. ... You can connect with Satchell Drakes on twitter @SatchellDrakes, insta @stachell.drakes, youtube.com/satchbagsgood and listen to him on Forbe's OVERWORLD podcast, available wherever you listen to your podcasts. ... Support this podcast by becoming a sustaining partner at Patreon.com/thekevingarcia

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When Coming Out to Your Conservative Family

"Do you have any advice for coming out to my conservative family?" This is the question I get more than any other. It's certainly not a novel question. So many folks have asked this and are asking this, and honestly, there isn't a cookie cutter answer, because to say one's family is "conservative" can mean a litany of things. It ranges from being a polite right-leaning moderate to the religious fundamentalist that may disown any queer relatives. I'm certainly luckier than some. My family, while not being fully-affirming, still loves me and always lets me come home for the holidays. But I have many friends who have lost family and friends when they came out, and I've heard plenty of…

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4 Tips for Surviving Family Gatherings During the Holidays

Well, it has been quite a year since the election, hasn't it? (Yeah, it was only a year ago. I can't believe it either.) And you know what else is coming, whether we are ready or not? #theHolidays. And with that means running into the family you may not love a whole lot, but you have to love them because they are family. So how do we do this without losing our minds? (It's not easy, but here are some ideas.) But even with all that strife and all these differences, it doesn’t mean we can’t have honest, intelligent, and civil dialogue. I'd say now, more than ever, it's important to talk to our families about what's happening in our country and ways…

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Clarity is Reasonable

It's been the topic across multiple denominations and multiple Christian subculture circles: Church Clarity, an organization dedicated to asking churches across our country a very simple question- What is your policy? Today, one of the co-founders of Church Clarity, George Mekhail, joins us to talk about the project, the awesome stuff that has happened, the push back it's gotten, and where it's leading all of us. Kevin also shares how a lack of clarity ended up hurting him, his friends, and damaging the witness of his local congregation. Listen to "#39 - Clarity is Reasonable" on Spreaker. ... Connect with George on twitter @GMekhail, and with Church Clarity at www.ChurchClarity.org, and @ChurchClarity across social media. ... If you think this podcast was…