This will be the place to find interviews with all sorts of people, and to start it out we begin with a bit of self-disclosure. Because why should you be listening to us if we don’t?
Name: Sarah Elisabeth Gordy (published under Sare Liz Gordy)
Realm: Religion & Pop Culture
Occupation: Episcopal Priest, Author, Life Coach, Administrator of this site
Website: sareliz.com, no-exceptions.org, amazon author page
THE THREE QUESTIONS
What is your best dream for the world?
I dream that we may encounter global enlightenment and that I may live to see it. You can call it ‘the Kingdom of God’ or ‘the Kingdom of Heaven’ if you like, but that’s awfully churchy language and often misunderstood. Global Enlightenment also works.
When did you know that God loves you?
I was raised in a conservative Christian household and while some of the messages I got while growing up were eventually unhelpful, it was always made abundantly clear to me that God loved me. It was a message that was everywhere. Part of God loving me was God being accessible to me, even as a child. My parents gave me several different ways to pray, encouraged me in it and took my questions seriously – even weird ones, like, if God can do anything, could God turn the front porch into a bottle of shampoo? To which I believe the answer was, yes, if he wanted to, but why would he want to?
When did you know that God loves everyone, no exceptions?
The first time I heard a Christian imply that God hated a group of people for something they had done or a way of being that described them, I thought, no, that can’t be right. How can that be right? They’re quoting the Bible, but that’s still not right. And I didn’t know then about the cultural context of the Bible or a human’s ability to prooftext, and I didn’t have any words to debate with, nor polished arguments. I knew that the God who loved me also loved everyone else.
And now? I still don’t debate well, I mix up my numbers when trying to quote the Bible, and my arguments are a lot more polished on paper. But it’s really clear to me that God loves every single one of us without any exception at all, and I’m feeling the need to share that tidbit of reality with other people.