A big welcome to Kate Kelts! She is open and vulnerable about how her beliefs have shifted over the years to include affirming love for all people. Kate’s story shows us that critically examining our beliefs or questioning the church doesn’t mean moving totally away from the Christian faith. Although change can be hard and even lonely, she still identifies as a Christian because the story of Jesus never fails to capture her heart and imagination. The last few years her faith in the ability to “do church” has been on shaky ground, but she keeps striving to make sure her chosen church community reflects her family’s values through their actions.
Meet Kate Kelts
Kate is a registered nurse who works for a non-profit based in NYC that funds research for a rare genetic disease. She’s passionate about learning but considers herself a beginner in areas of faith and social justice. Justice in healthcare is especially important to her as she confronts the deeply broken American healthcare system every day in her work.
She’s been married to her husband Andy for 17 years, and they have three kids in the Champaign school district. She’s been a resident of Champaign for eight years. As a kid, she moved around a lot, so she’s great at meeting new people and making friends. She reads LOTS of books and has been known to start every other sentence with, “I was listening to this podcast…”
Resources We Mention
- Love Matters More by Jared Byas
- I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austen Channing Brown
- The Bible Tells Me So by Pete Enns
- The Sin of Certainty by Pete Enns
- Untamed by Glennon Doyle
- Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life by Richard Rohr
- The Bible for Normal People podcast with Pete Enns and Jared Byas
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