On this special episode Ashley interviews Katey about her newly released book Women Rise Up: Sacred Stories of Resistance for Today’s Revolution. It’s a timely take on the tenacious women of the Bible and a fresh look at how to discuss ancient texts in the context of today’s struggle for gender justice
Women Rise Up is a great option for summer book clubs, bible studies, and youth group gatherings. There’s even a free discussion guide available on Katey’s website. Check it out here.
Kindreds of the Moment
We honor the legacy of Rachel Held Evans who touched us both with her writing and her generous spirit. We are so saddened by her tragic death, and we are challenged to honor her legacy of curiosity, generosity, and community in the ways that we move through the world.
Austin Channing Brown said this about Rachel:
She was a champion of inclusion- not just in theory… not in some vague sense that writers can often get away with. She was a true champion- in real life- with her platform, her money, her time, her contacts, her access.
Just before my book released, I was shooting my shot everywhere i could to get it into the hands of people I admire. I reached out to Rachel. “Want to do something really, really silly with me?” I asked. “Want to DM Ava DuVernay about my book?” Rachel took exactly zero seconds to say, “Yes, I want to shoot that shot with you.” We both knew it was the longest of long shots. She didnt care. She believed impossible things were possible. And she never underestimated the mischievous nature of the Holy Spirit ( a phrase she used a lot).
Generous is the word I keep coming back to. And she was a lot of other things, y’all. Funny. Kind. Grounded. Analytical. I mean what a big, beautiful mind. But she was also generous… to me.
Hold your loved ones close, dear ones.