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About Kyndall Rae Rothaus
Rev. Kyndall Rae Rothaus is the author of Thy Queendom Come: Breaking Free from Patriarchy to Save Your Soul (2021) and Preacher Breath (2015). She is a preacher, poet, feminist theologian, queer woman, storyteller, and soul companion. She is the co-founder of Nevertheless She Preached, a national, ecumenical preaching conference designed to elevate the voices of womxn on the margins.
Kyndall is a sought-after public speaker whose piercing insights into the human spiritual condition are delivered with poetic and rhetorical brilliance. She has written for various publications including Faith and Leadership, Ethics Daily, Review and Expositor, Baptist News Global, Working Preacher, and The Upper Room Disciplines. She is an award-winning preacher and spoken word artist. She spent eight years as a Senior Pastor in Baptist churches in Texas, where, among other things, she left a legacy of fighting for LGBTQ+ inclusion in the church. In 2019 she left institutional church to work with individuals as they seek to heal from spiritual trauma and reimagine their spirituality.
Kyndall is the proud adoptive mom of two rambunctious toddlers and two highly extraverted pets.
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We are all born inside a fence. Not the same fence, but we all have our own variation of restrictions-passed-down-to-us. The narrative passed down to Christian women by patriarchal religion tells us not only that we are bad, but that we need someone outside ourselves to save us. We need a revolutionary new spirituality, and a revolutionary term to describe it: the queendom of God.
Telling the stories of some of the strongest women in all of Scripture--like Delilah, Deborah, and Jael--as well as some of the most brutalized--like the daughter of Jephthah--Thy Queendom Come offers a new path forward. In the queendom of God, we are no longer waiting on a rescuer. We realize we are ready to conceive and give birth to new life--a creative act between God and us, no masculine authority necessary.
We can, as women, say yes to the divine annunciation, quite apart from any sinner's prayer, the blessing of priests, or an ordination by men. We can leave the narrow kingdom behind and embrace a more vibrant, just, and inspiring spiritual life in God's queendom.
Founding editor of the Religion Department of Publishers Weekly
Author of The Great Emergence and The Age of the Spirit