Since my upside down birth, I've always viewed life from a singular perspective. "Becky only you would think that way" is a common statement made by friends and relatives alike. My quest to explore my creative spirit took me to Wake Forest University where I was awarded a BA in Theatre Arts. Later, I enrolled at Yale/Columbia universities where I received a dual MSW/MDiv degree, and began to take my childhood ramblings as a writer seriously.
While I wrote my first play, an anti-Nixon rant at the age of 9, I did not call myself a "writer" until I sold my first article in 1994 to the Wittenburg Door, the nation's oldest religious satire magazine. I continued to write for this outlet until they closed shop in 2008, rising to the position of Senior Contributing Editor. With The Door reopening in 2021, I now serve on their board in addition to contributing my satirical critiques of the cult of Christian celebrity and those instances when both progressive and conservative Christian leaders cross the fine line separating church from state.
My most recent book Roger Williams’s Little Book of Virtues was published by Wipf & Stock in March 2020. This is a part-memoir, part historical account that speaks to those concerned about an ever present politicized form of US based Christianity that enforces its will via governmental intervention. In particular, what can contemporary seekers like me learn from my ancestor’s life and ministry as this pioneer of religious liberty left the institutionalized church but continued his quest for truth and justice for all?
Currently, I am working on two projects. War of the Game, my first work of fiction, unpacks my late grandfather's sports stories depicting the history of 20th century amateur athletics set against the backdrop of Covid-19. The second work is an exploration of spiritual narcissism and how this dynamic informs and infects institional church systems and the world of Christian media.
My other six books include Red and Blue God, Black and Blue Church (Jossey Bass, PW starred review), as well as contributing essays to a dozen other books and co-editing a book for a small transgender press. Additional writing credits include work for American Atheist, Beverage Master, B*tch, Bud.com, Christian Retailing, Civilized, Epicure & Culture, Free Inquiry, Fresh Toast, Geez, The Grapevine Magazine, GrokNation, The Guardian belief section, The High Calling, The Humanist, Killing the Buddha, The Kind, The Living Church, Magnetic Magazine, Madelyn, Miss Grass, The New Humanist, Newlines, Northwest Travel & Life, Reflections (Yale Divinity School), Perceptive Travel, 52 Perfect Days, Religion News Services, The Revealer, Salon, Spirituality & Health, Washington Post’s “On Faith” blog, US Catholic, and Weed Aficionado.