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Our Bible App: It's a radical idea, isn't it?

Our Bible app: The Bible & devotionals for outsiders. LGBT, straight, spiritual but not religious, Christian, young, old, all of us!

Our Bible App: It's a radical idea, isn't it?

Our Bible app: The Bible & devotionals for outsiders. LGBT, straight, spiritual but not religious, Christian, young, old, all of us!

$2,328
pledged of $40,000pledged of $40,000 goal
45
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, October 2 2016 3:59 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated October 2, 2016

About

Our Bible app
Devotionals. For the rest of us. 

Hello everyone. I'm Crystal Cheatham. You may remember me as the creator of the IDentity Kit for Queer Christian Youth, or the queer Christian folk singer that passed through your town once upon a time a million years ago. I'm also the gal around town writing queer faith articles for the Philadelphia Gay Newspaper, HuffPo, The New Civil Rights Movement and other online publications. But I think most of you know me as the most beautiful and hilarious person you've ever met. Ok, just playing. That's definitely wishful thinking.

In all of my writing, singing and performing I've been candid about my time growing up in a fundamentalist church and how confusing it was to come out and deal with that whole clusterf@ck of a second puberty. I've devoted so much of my life to helping others in that position realize that yes, their higher power does love them and that they too deserve the quietude and serenity that comes with being a person of faith.

Every week I get an email or a Facebook post from someone who has seen my Driftwood video or stumbled upon the IDentity Kit and they are looking for answers--answers that I alone cannot give. It's not just the LGBT community looking for affirmation. There are a whole bunch of us with complex identities that don't fit into a fundamentalist mold but do identify somewhere along the spectrum between Christian, spiritual and agnostic. What I know is that we as an international community are hungry for books and media that affirm who we are and how we live our lives. With that on my heart as a primary motivator I've decided to put together Our Bible app. I believe it is the best way to unify us world wide, and set in the light those messages we've all been craving to hear. This way we will all have access to podcasts, devotionals, videos, Bible texts and a community that is out there to inspire and lift us up. I hope you see what I see. I hope you'll help me build this. So you too can read, pray and meditate in peace.

Our Bible App:

  • A library of affirming & diverse devotionals written by some of the leading voices in affirming & accepting Christianity
  • A calendar progress bar that helps you keep up on your daily devotionals so that you can start your own daily plans and follow them for a few days, weeks or months.
  • Multiple Bible translations and daily verses with the ability to highlight, copy and paste
  • Access to podcasts, videos & articles
  • A community board where you can invite friends & build community

THE PROBLEM:  

I don't know about you but I get frustrated when I go to the Christian section of a bookstore and amongst the hundreds and thousands of books, there are none that feel like they are talking to me. None of us is defined by one or two identities, but conservative Christianity today seems to believe we are all the same person with the same needs, wants and desires. (By the way I'm a black, female, lesbian and that's a pretty tall order to fill when looking for something that speaks to me.) 

Devotionals on friendships, romantic relationships, family, love, life journeys and others are all geared towards a very specific kind of Christian, and in today's society that brand of conservative fundamentalist Christianity is seemingly less and less Christlike. It doesn't appeal to LGBT people, their allies, feminists, agnostics, people who feel more spiritual than religious or even folks who just want wise words to meditate on. Instead what is offered is so heteronormative, judgy, shaming and well... political. What's more, those devotionals parcel the true language of the Bible to fit certain molds of faith and worship and let's face it. The Bible doesn't say just one thing about anything. There are as many narratives as there are identities and we need to honor that! The truth is, there are people writing affirming and inclusive devotionals, but you won't find them in a Christian bookstore. 

THE FIX: 

In response to this I've created a Bible app that caters to the rest of us; the Christians who are queer, straight, and generally identify as the Other kind of Christian. We want to explore the Bible through narratives that are inclusive of our identities and whom God made us to be. We are often seen as the outsiders, but we too need devotionals and worship materials that theologize our particular human experiences. 

Our Bible app is just that. 

 That's where you come in. In order to get this app to the next level I need your help. I need, want, am crazy about raising the funds I need to make this app appear on your phone. If we want to make that happen we need to raise $40,000. This cash will go to writing, developing and launching the Our Bible app.

Risks and challenges

We are currently in the coding and development stage with the goal of launching the app worldwide for Android and Apple software in early 2017. In full disclosure after we receive the funding there are some potential hiccups that could keep us from launching on time. This is a creative project after all, and above all else creativity needs time to blossom and grow. Edits and revisions in the development stage could slow progress, but any extra time taken to shape the app will only result in a cleaner and faster product.

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    Get secret access to the behind the scenes work of creating an app with updates including sneak pictures, daring devotional theme ideas, videos, the app launch date and other posts too cool for the internet.

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    Get a personalized shout out on "Lord Have Mercy," the real queer bible podcast starring sex educator Reverend Alba Onofrio. Also get exclusive access to send in questions you'd like her to answer on the air.

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    Crystal Cheatham will write a song on the topic of your choice. Then she will record herself singing it to you on camera and send it to you for you to use whenever and however you like.

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