Fat Church | Claiming a Gospel of Fat Liberation (Kidd)
Endorsements for Fat Church
"I did not know how much I needed this book. You cannot walk away from Fat Church without radically rethinking your relationship to your own body—and your faith."
~ Dr. Shelly Rambo, Spirit and Trauma and Resurrecting Wounds
"Fat Church is long overdue to explore the evolution of evangelicalism and its connection to anti-fat bias and racism. Whether you describe yourself as an evangelical or progressive Christian, this book is for you."
~ Christyna Johnson, MS, RDN, LD, Non-Diet Registered Dietitian
"Chocked full of eye-opening information about fatness and our current cultural moment."
~ Amanda Martinez Beck, More of You
Anti-Fatness Affects Us All
Whether your body is small or large, aged or young, disabled or abled, toned or soft, lithe or stiff—or somewhere in-between—anti-fatness affects us all, because it is intended to. Fat Church critiques anti-fat prejudice and the Church’s historic participation in it, calling for a fatphobic reckoning for the sake of God’s gospel of freedom.
Pastor and theological educator Anastasia Kidd reviews the history of diet culture, fat studies, beauty, body policing—and the white supremacist machinations underpinning them—in order to work for a society rooted in bodily liberation for all. Fat Church offers a disruption to social habits of shame and remembers the theology of abundance that calls us all beloved by God.
Fat Church includes small group discussion questions and, between rich & engaging chapters, anecdotes that highlight the life experiences of and judgments upon a fat woman:
- The Cookout
- The Recipe Box
- The Parable of the Two Knees
- The Carrot
- The Parable of the Weeds
- The Pantry
About the Author
Anastasia E. B. Kidd is ordained in the United Church of Christ. She founded the Fat Church digital platform to help people of faith disrupt anti-fat bias in their own lives and church communities. You can find @FatChurch on social media and at fatchurch.org.
Paperback: 299 pages