Jillian Gansert

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How It Feels When the Person You Love Has Depression

I'd never dated anyone who hadn't been on antidepressants, or spent time in a psychiatrist's office. That dark, brooding, introspective type: It draws me in.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Australia.</i><p>I used to joke that only men with depression were attracted to me. It was the only …

Mental Health

To Recover Faster from Rejection, Shift Your Mindset

Everyone knows what rejection feels like. It’s a universal (and universally disliked) experience, but it’s one that we each experience differently. For the most part, people are pretty good at moving on with their lives — even better than they might guess. Sometimes, though, getting rejected hurts …


The Rise of the Christian Left in America

The religious right has been in decline for years. Can progressives build a new "moral majority"?

Michelle Obama

Christianity Needs a Progressive Revolution

<i>This is a follow-up to a recent blog post I wrote about millennials in church, which can be found here.</i><p>Recently I wrote a blog about what millennials like myself are looking for in a church. The answer, which apparently wasn't quite clear enough, is that we are looking for socially and politically …


HWJV: How Would Jesus Vote?

With the 2016 presidential election cycle in full swing, the Republican candidates have each reached out to Christian evangelical voters. Since the Reagan era of the 1980s brought us Jerry Falwell's Moral Majority, evangelicals have consistently been one of the Republican's core constituencies, …


My Emancipation From American Christianity

I used to think that it was just me, that it was my problem, my deficiency, my moral defect.<p>It had to be.<p>All those times when I felt like an outsider in this American Jesus thing; the ever-more frequent moments when my throat constricted and my heart raced and my stomach turned.<p>Maybe it came in the …