Sydney, Plain & Simple

"Woah, woah, woah, Syd, what's up with the new title and subtitle and about page?" So here's the thing. Recent events have made me feel like a very new person. I started this blog about a year ago, and I am a very different person than I was then. My blog is meant to be …


Plot Twists

The woman sitting across from me in the basement of memorial has a story. So does the guy upstairs in line for a bagel and coffee. Even my organic chemistry professor from last semester has a story, and they are all completely different from my own. It's really easy for me to sit here and …

Why millennials are leaving the church

I’m not one who has necessarily left the church, but I am nowhere near as involved as I used to be and it’s because of a lot of the reasons listed here. It’s refreshing to know that so many others feel the same.

CNN Belief Blog

Opinion by Rachel Held Evans, Special to CNN

(CNN) At 32, I barely qualify as a millennial.

I wrote my first essay with a pen and paper, but by the time I graduated from college, I owned a cell phone and used Google as a verb.

I still remember the home phone numbers of my old high school friends, but don’t ask me to recite my husband’s without checking my contacts first.

I own mix tapes that include selections from Nirvana and Pearl Jam, but I’ve never planned a trip without Travelocity.

Despite having one foot in Generation X, I tend to identify most strongly with the attitudes and the ethos of the millennial generation, and because of this, I’m often asked to speak to my fellow evangelical leaders about why millennials are leaving the church.

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You Can’t PR Every Day

"If you had a friend that spoke to you in the same way you sometimes speak to yourself, how long would you allow that person to be your friend?"For as long as I can remember, my answer to that question has been about 4.2 seconds. I am vicious towards myself, and I always have been. I never realized how truly self-destructive I am …