Fearless Questions

Following our Questions to Freedom

Episode 23: Courtney Christenson

Photo by: Gary Christenson

“You simply can’t hate people into loving each other.”

When I read those words, I knew I wanted to hear more from the woman who wrote them in a recent article detailing her experience of trying to stand in the gap between a clash of protesting Neo-Nazis and Anti-Fascists in Portland, OR.  Just a week later she found herself in a similar set of circumstances in Seattle, WA.

Courtney Christenson is a Digital Communications Officer in the United States for the Preemptive Love Coalition where she is helping to ‘wage peace ‘ here in the United States.  You will be really encouraged today as you hear the heart and thought processes of someone just like you and me who, despite facing uncertainty and fear, decided to love others anyway.

Photo by: Gary Christenson

I also think it’s a rare chance to hear the personal experiences of someone on the ground of the scenes we see playing out on the news feeds across America.  Someone who’s agenda is to model a third way of loving others…that “Us vs. Them” is a false choice.

I hope you enjoy today’s podcast episode and that you’ll do yourself a favor and follow along in the future with the work that Courtney is doing with Preemptive Love Coalition and the creative work she develops with her husband Gary.  Beautiful stuff!

Links from the show:

Standing Between Neo-Nazis and Anti-Fascists in Portland   http://www.preemptivelove.org/standing_between_nazis_anti_fascists_portland

An Armed Protester in Seattle Taught Me that #LoveAnyway is Messy Business http://www.preemptivelove.org/armed_protester_seattle_loveanyway_messy 

Personal website:   http://garyandcourtney.com/

Photo Exhibit of shared experiences between Christian and Muslim women:  http://garyandcourtney.com/2016/09/redefining-we/

About Jeff Blackburn

Jeff Blackburn is a Spiritual Coach and passionate Truth-Seeker. An alumnus of Oxford University, Jeff is someone who advocates for Freedom and Fullness of Life for All. He believes Jesus offers good news for people everywhere today…not just eternity. Jeff is the Executive Director of Fearless Questions, Inc. and has spent the past 20 years working with people searching for God.