Becky Garrison

Becky Garrison contributes to a range of outlets including Religion Dispatches, Believe Out Loud, and American Atheist. Her seven books include "Roger Williams' Little Book of Virtues," and "Red and Blue God, Black and Blue Church" (PW Starred Review).

Stories by Becky Garrison

Bathroom Panic: How Faith-Based Myths Discriminate Against Transgender People

Christians afraid of sexual predators need to get their facts straight.

Former Mars Hill Women’s Ministry Leader: “The cult of personality . . . isn’t how God builds his church”

Wendy Allsup, a former deacon and ministry leader at Mark Driscoll’s church, explains what went wrong at Mars Hill — and why she has hope for the future.

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The Atheist Minister

Gretta Vosper says prayer is “being attuned to the world” and church “has to be on the edge of whatever is next.” Is her congregation the future of church?

How One Church Is Finding Faith Through Art

A faith community in Portland weaves music, visual arts, and poetry into a collaborative spiritual experience.

‘Atheism Is Boring’

The Founders of Sunday Assembly craft services designed to attract anyone looking to explore how they can live a life of meaning regardless of that person’s particular religious beliefs.

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Coming Out As Transgender and Christian

Last week an Azusa professor revealed that he is a transgender person who is going through a divorce from as he seeks a legal name change and gender transition.

Transgender in California: All are welcome in pluralistic America

March 26, 2013: A gay rights supporter waves a rainbow flag in front of the Supreme Court.Saul Loeb / AFP/Getty … Continued

Leaving religion but finding community

Mark Poprocki / iStock In my nearly twenty years reporting on Americana Christianity, I’ve observed a growing number of Christians … Continued

Arguing about God is an age-old American tradition

(Kevork Djansezian/GETTY) In the first half of philosopher A.C. Grayling’s latest book “The God Argument,” he debunks the teleological, ontological … Continued

Rhode Island makes room for LGBT rights. Will Christianity?

(Photo/Charles Krupa) (Associated Press) Two men embrace after a gay marriage bill was signed into law outside the State House … Continued

A virtual vigil for Boston

Once news of the bombing at the Boston Marathon hit the Internet, social media sites became flooded with prayers under … Continued

Christianity after Louie Giglio

Jason Merritt GETTY IMAGES Louie Giglio arrives at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 12, … Continued

Keeping the faith: 2012 in gay rights victories

AFP/GETTY IMAGES In May, President Obama became the first U.S. president to say publicly he was in favor of same-sex … Continued

In search of Jordanian hospitality

While the 2012 election produced ample opportunities to expose the underbelly of American exceptionalism, I observed one especially cringe-worthy moment … Continued

Remembering transgender voices

On Sunday, the Boston-area trans community came together for the 14th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance . This global celebration … Continued

Voters exercise their liberty of conscience at the polls

AP Partygoers react as balloons fall at an Election Night party in Baltimore on Nov. 6, 2012, after voters passed … Continued

Roger Williams goes Baptist on legendary evangelist Billy Graham

AFP/GETTY IMAGES Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney speaks with the Rev. Billy Graham during a visit to the Graham cabin … Continued

California bans ‘praying away the gay’ therapies

California became the first state to ban the use for minors of disputed therapies to “overcome” homosexuality, a step hailed … Continued

Family Research Council shooting: Time to change the conversation from demonizing to finding common ground

GETTY IMAGES Local and federal investigators work to gather evidence after an employee was shot in the arm at the … Continued

LGBT groups stand in solidarity with the Family Research Council

GETTY IMAGES Local and federal investigators work to gather evidence after a security guard was shot in the arm at … Continued