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    • Sarah Carson
    • Sarah Carson was born and raised in Michigan but now lives in Chicago where she works at a church. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in Cream City Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Diagram, Guernica, and the Nashville Review, among others. She is also the author of three chapbooks and the full-length poetry collection: Poems in which You Die. She blogs at sarahamycarson

Why I No Longer Believe in Church

This is basically the story of being human. We are all terrible in one way or another. Being obnoxiously aggressive … is one of the milder forms of being terrible to other people, but it’s what we do. I’ve certainly been terrible in my own ways – mean or annoying or ridiculous when I could have been kind. But it got me thinking about what church is supposed to be like, about what the church is supposed to do.

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Dear Church — An open letter from a young adult who’s about to give up on you.

That’s what I was looking for, after all. A community that would take a stand. People who were fed up with letting terrible things happen.

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Reflections on Original Sin

Last week a student in the speech class I teach on Monday and Wednesday nights at a small college downtown — we’ll call him “P.” — asked me to look over the speech he’d written entitled “Is the Bible still relevant?”

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