Matters of Interpretation

Matters of Interpretation began July 27, 2016, for the purpose of “thinking out loud” a little more publicly. Just for the sake of practice, and possibly also for the sake of being a little more responsible and adult. If it has any other purpose, that will presumably become clear in time.


reader-in-aqua Heather Anne Thiessen (HAT) is a happily married 60-ish, Bible-reading, Presbyterian Church Sunday School teaching and choir singing, small fuel efficient car driving, still pretty much 2nd wave feminist and generally out lesbian Hoosier mom. (No states are all one color.) From time to time she teaches religious studies to undergraduates at a small liberal arts college in Louisville, Kentucky.

… the header image and such

The header image is a detail of Evening Reflections 2, a work created by Atelier Zitnik, accessed on Wikimedia Commons 7-22-16 (see https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Evening_reflection_2.jpg), and used (I hope properly) under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. Its use here in no way implies any endorsement of this blog or its contents by the artist.

“Too theologically conservative, too socially liberal – that’s Heather Thiessen’s problem in a nutshell” was originally said to me at seminary by a teacher who admitted, afterwards, that someone at his seminary summed his problem up that way. Assuming the diagnosis is correct (“conservative” and “liberal” being matters of … well, interpretation), I don’t mind carrying on that particular tradition.