Julia Oller is a journalist and copywriter in San Francisco. You can find her tweeting about faith, music, and city life @juliaoller. 

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Will California Churches Build Affordable Housing ‘In God’s Backyard’?

by Julia Oller 07-06-2022

Modern downtown cityscape with church in front, Los Angeles. Via Alamy.

State Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco)’s bill would classify affordable housing built on religious or private college land as “use by right,” a term for developments that are exempt from local zoning requirements. The bill would make it simpler for religious institutions and private universities to build affordable housing on their property.

These Families Are Opting To Homeschool — Without White Christian Nationalism

by Julia Oller 10-19-2021

Photo by Tamarcus Brown on Unsplash

When Angela Jordan started homeschooling 21 years ago, she was Abeka all the way.

It didn’t take long, though, for Jordan to realize that Abeka — the conservative Christian curriculum popular in homeschooling and in private Christian schools — presented a take on history intent on downplaying racism, white supremacy, and sometimes just plain facts.

Rev. Megan Rohrer Installed as First Openly Transgender Bishop

by Julia Oller 09-14-2021

Bishop Megan Rohrer during their installation ceremony as the fifth bishop of the Sierra Pacific Synod in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Photo courtesy Sierra Pacific Synod, ELCA. Photo credit to Gareth Gooch and Bill Wilson. 

Rev. Megan Rohrer became the first openly transgender bishop of any mainline denomination in the country during an installation ceremony Saturday in San Francisco.