Andrea Palpant Dilley is a contributing editor for Christianity Today and oversees CT Women. Her writing has appeared in Books and Culture, Rock and Sling, Geez Magazine, Utne Reader, Faith and Leadership, and Christianity Today. She grew up in Kenya as the daughter of Quaker missionaries and spent the rest of her childhood in the Pacific Northwest. She is the author of “Faith and Other Flat Tires: Searching for God on the Rough Road of Doubt” (Zondervan) and a contributor to the anthology "Jesus Girls: True Tales of Growing Up Female and Evangelical" (Wipf and Stock). She lives with her husband and four kids in Austin, Texas. Find her on Facebook or on Twitter @AndreaPalpant.
Keeping a generation of young doubters in church is less about having answers than it is about tone, space and spirit. Create a place where doubt is welcome, says a young writer who left the church -- and returned.
Andrea Palpant Dilley felt both clarity and confusion. In this book excerpt, she considers: Had she come back too soon? Was she ready to be back at church?
A free toolkit from the “Shifting Ground” initiative, “Let’s Talk About Resources” uses case studies, games and reflective discussion questions to facilitate creative conversations about how congregations can use their resources in service to their local community.
It can be used online or in person. These resources were co-created by Lake Institute on Faith & Giving and the innovative design team at RootedGood.