Angela Kissel is a twenty-something Jesus feminist who's never met a cup of coffee or a glass of champagne she didn't like. She's originally from the Midwest, but thinks it might be nice to stay in D.C. for a while. She enjoys long walks with her dog and believes religion and politics are best discussed at the dinner table.
Articles By This Author
The Sounds of Silencing—And Speaking Out
Her pastor told her it was 'against scripture' for females to preach.
Reading Scripture Through the Shutdown: A Voice for the Silenced
Setting an away email with no date of return was almost as odd as leaving work and not and knowing when I’d be back. This unexpected time off gave me the opportunity to do everything on my to-do list and spend ridiculous amounts of time at the dog park. Naturally, it also gave me time to catch up on reading and visiting with other furloughed friends. But this past Wednesday I was beginning to feel a bit hopeless about the whole situation.
Scrolling through Facebook I noticed Sojourners updates on its #FaithfulFilibuster and it truly made me ashamed of my hopelessness. I was ashamed because I forgot who was in charge. I was ashamed because I forgot where my hope lies. And I was ashamed because I was so wrapped up in my own struggles of furlough I forgot about the families that were already struggling and now also dealing with a loss of paychecks.
On Thursday I saw another update from Sojourners, and despite the rain, I felt compelled to go check it out. I expected to do nothing but observe and admire faith leaders stepping out to reclaim hope and speak for the millions of silenced voices in this country. However, when I arrived, something different happened. I was asked if I wanted to participate, handed a Bible, and stepped to the podium to read.