Hi! I’m Bailey.
I’m a queer Christian author and speaker who believes Jesus meant it when he commanded us to love God and love our neighbors.
I’m making room on the pew for the church misfits and outcasts.
Making Room on the Pew
“What makes the Gospel offensive isn’t who is keeps out, but who it lets in.”Rachel Held Evans, Searching for Sunday
This is a podcast for the misfits and outcasts. No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome and celebrated here.
On the Blog
- Why Public LGBTQ Affirmation in the Church Matters"We are not officially LGBTQ-affirming, but we accept everyone." I have heard this almost every time I have begun to involve myself in a new church, and I have learned that people often believe this is a complete substitute for … Read more
- Steve Austin is Teaching Us How to Catch Our BreathListen to Episode 4 https://anchor.fm/MakingRoomOnThePew/embed/episodes/Steve-Austin-is-Teaching-Us-How-to-Catch-Our-Breath-e2pote" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">here! Steve Austin was a pastor when he nearly died by suicide. He is the author of two Amazon bestsellers, From Pastor to a Psych Ward, and Catching Your Breath. Join us as … Read more
- Manda Carpenter Believes the Church is for EveryoneListen to Episode 3 https://anchor.fm/MakingRoomOnThePew/embed/episodes/Manda-Carpenter-Believes-the-Church-is-for-Everyone-e2jp22" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">here! Manda Carpenter is a writer and foster parent living with her husband Eric in Chicago, IL. Join us as we talk about the hard and beautiful ministry of foster care, how to … Read more