I’m a bit behind in posting this, but in September I wrote an article for The Banner entitled “Churches Need Hugs and Consent, and They Can Have Both.” Church is an important source of physical contact for many people. I think we often underestimate how deeply many of us need these points of connection. In my own life, outside of family, the church has been the biggest source of physical affection. However, sometimes that affection is not offered in ways that make people feel safe and comfortable. You can read more of my reflections on this here.