The Prairie Thistle

Stories that stick.


Welcome to a blog of transitional voices. Coming out of evangelicalism, this site features writing on a wide variety of topics as we strive to traverse life with awareness and intention, valuing social justice, equality, and the complexities of Christian and humanist thought.

The Hag

I recently learned there’s a stage of life called ‘the hag’. Not maiden, mother, or crone, hag comes somewhere in midlife and fiercely defies anyone’s desire to label her. Beauty, decorum and other (particularly patriarchal) productivity ideals be damned. She is often shunned by patriarchal…

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The Graduation Announcement Post

On April 15, the Shekinah Formation program graduated 10 students as Spiritual Directors and released them into the wild. We weren’t perfect students and we won’t be perfect directors. We were brave, and kind, and even had some fun with each other now and again,…

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