You guys--last night, Glennon came to town and it was just as good as I hoped it would be. If you haven't heard me rave about Glennon Doyle Melton (and her blog Momastery, and her book Carry On Warrior) you can acquaint yourself with my fangirl-ness in this post. But, more importantly, you should just acquaint yourself with Glennon, because she is the freaking best. So, last night I drove myself to East Ridge High School in Woodbury along with a thousand other women to geek out over this wise and insightful soul packaged in a pixie-sized body, wearing cowboy boots. I mean, come on.
I am sometimes disappointed to hear my favorite authors speak, because their voice or tone doesn't match what I heard in my mind when I read their work. But G is a truly talented speaker, and hearing her tell her story in person wasn't disappointing in any way. There were several stories and ideas she shared that really struck me, but the one I want to share happened right at the end of the night. At the very end, the floor was open for people to walk up to microphones near the stage and ask questions. And the last question was something like this: "Glennon, I know that you have a very strong Christian faith, and I'm wondering how you maintain that faith while still having a very liberal outlook and being accepting of people who are living in opposition to Christian views." And Glennon laughed and threw her head back and slid into her chair and said, "That question is so telling. I love that question. 'How are you a Christian and you still love people?'" And everyone laughed, and she went on to say that she loves Jesus ("I mean, I worship the guy") and that one of the many things she loves about Jesus is that he spent his time on earth finding the people who power has forgotten and religion is leaving out, and he "took all of those people and said, 'let's have dinner. You are my favorites.'" And in Jesus' time, those people were lepers and prostitutes and tax collectors, but these days you might find they're refugees, and the LGBT community, and addicts. And Glennon explained that she wants to have dinner with those people, and she wants them to cook. And more than anything, she explained, the trick is that you need to get close to the people that you think of as "other" because the point of true Christianity is that there is no other. (I'll pause here to say that I don't really consider myself a Christian, but I am wholeheartedly on board with this brand of Christianity and I endorse this idea completely.) And in order to realize that there is no other, there is only us, and we, one needs to get close to the people that one fears. Because if you actually get close to someone that you fear and you don't understand, it becomes much easier to love them. And to see them as similar to yourself. As part of the us, instead of part of the them. And for Glennon, the people that she fears the most are conservative Christians and she's noticed that God keeps pushing more of those people toward her so she can try to fear them less. (Amen, sister. Amen, amen, amen.) I may have blown her some kisses at that point, I really can't say for sure.
So, I love Glennon. Easily, and without reservation. And I'll work on loving the woman who felt the need to ask her that question. What's life without a little challenge?
I'm wishing all of you a wonderful start to your weeks--I have grand aspirations of posting a delicious barbecue meatball recipe in the near future. I made them for friends on Friday night and I've been savoring the leftovers ever since, but I made the mistake of not taking any photos of the recipe. So I'll just have to make them again...what a tragedy.
Love you all.