Rachel Held Evans (1981-2019)
“Rachel Held Evans was a beloved author and speaker who gave many people hope that it was okay to question faith and God. She loved the Jesus story and spoke up when church leaders were excluding people she knew Jesus would have included. One of Rachel’s favorite Bible stories was the story of Jacob wrestling with an angel, who turned out to be God. She loved this model from the Bible that part of being human is wrestling with God. Questions are more than okay.
‘I don’t know all of the answers,’ she said. ‘It’s okay to have questions. It’s okay to be angry even. But I do know that the essence of the Divine is love. In the midst of your questions, you are fully loved right now, just as you are.’ “
Rachel was a strong advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, people of color, and women in all roles of the church. Rachel taught the world that God’s love included everyone.
“Do you have questions that cause you to wrestle with God?”
[excerpt from Holy Troublemakers & Unconventional Saints | @holytroublebook]