About Linda Kay Klein

Linda Kay Klein is a writer, speaker, and spiritual strongwoman based in New York City.  She is a frequent speaker at colleges, universities, conferences and nonprofits, and has been featured by outlets such as NPR, PRN, and Feminist.com.

Linda sits sits on the advisory board of NYU’s Of Many Institute for Mulifaith Leadership, and of Feminist.com’s “Our Inner Lives” religion and spirituality project. She has worked for a number of progressive religious organizations, such as The Sister Fund and REVEAL: Young Women Defining the Divine. Linda was the assistant writer for “Testimony,” a documentary theater piece on the culture wars which was incubated by Princeton University, and a founding participant in Auburn Theological Seminary’s multifaith professive women’s thinktank.

She holds a masters degree in religious studies and creative writing from NYU, where she focused on American Evangelical sex and gender education, and a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and theater from Sarah Lawrence College. Linda is also the receipient of fellowships from A Room of Her Own Foundation and the NYU Reynolds program in social entrepreneurship.

Outside of her work on women and religion, Linda inspires and equips Millennials to cultivate lives and careers with purpose as the founding director of the Work on Purpose program at the social entrepreneurship nonprofit, Echoing Green.

Check out her TEDx talk to learn a bit more about Linda’s jouney with women & religion or follow her on Twitter @LindaKayKlein. Also keep a look out (though further down the road) for Man-Made Girls, the book she is now writing on her experience as a former evangelical Christian interviewing young evangelical and ex-evangelical women across the nation about sex and gender.

Recognize the book’s title? That’s right, this blog is about Linda’s journey writing the book, and features excerpts that may…or may not…wind up in its pages (among other related things).

4 Responses to About Linda Kay Klein

  1. Meghan says:

    Linda,

    I am a friend of Liza Mueller’s and several months ago she forwarded your blog to me because she thought we might have much in common! After reading just one of your posts I could not agree more. I just read your post about whether having sex can bring you closer to God and I related completely. Growing up in a Catholic environment, getting my Master of Divinity degree, and being surrounded by this pervasive (and perverse) idea that sex was somehow dirty or bad had a deep impact on my understanding of dating, being a woman, and relationships in general. I am so grateful that I too discovered that sex could be a way to experience God as opposed to a way that makes one less holy. Thank you for putting words to my experience. I hope if I visit Liza I can meet you as well!!!

    Thanks for your words! I will be following your blog. My blog, which as a bit of a different focus but mirrors some of your thoughts is dwellinthis.blogspot.com

    Cheers!
    Meghan

    • Linda says:

      Meghan,

      What a delight to hear from you. Thank you for commenting! Having read your blog, I have to say I agree about our having a lot in common! Thank you for your courageous vulnerability in your post about “plan”, for showing the struggle that is faith. And yes, next time you are in NYC, we should meet! Also, I will be in London in early December. My email address is LindaKayKlein@gmail.com….

      Warmly,
      Linda

  2. Nicole Martin says:

    Hey Linda!
    I just want you to know how honored I am to have met you this weekend at the Courage and Renewal retreat! Your experiences are really profound and I love how you bring your life stories into theological dialogue. I really enjoyed your latest post on “Body of a Saint,” even though it broke my heart to read about your experiences in that church. I believe the evidence of God’s calling on your life lies in the fact that those experiences have not kept you from seeking a genuine relationship with God.

    I pray that God unfolds for you the kind of community that makes your heart sing! May you continue to find in Christ what you’ve always known; the love, peace, strength and glory that comes, not from religious boundaries, but from genuine relationship with the Lover of your Soul!

    Thanks again for this gift. I look forward to staying in touch!
    Nicole

    • Linda says:

      Nicole,

      I feel so honored to have met you as well. It was no accident that you and I had a table all to ourselves while everyone else crammed into full tables over lunch! It strengthens me in the work to hear that in your position as a pastor you see many of the same issues that I do.

      I was listening to one of my favorite gospel songs, For Every Mountain, when reading your comment and specifically while reading the part about my still seeking a genuine relationship with God. I’m sure you know it: “For every mountain you brought me over, for every trial you brought me through, for every blessing, halleluiah, for this I give you praise.” As I listened I thought to myself, the struggles I experienced in the church were sometimes mountains. No doubt about that. But I never saw God in that mounds of rock that rose up blocking my path to wholeness, and the paths of so many of the young women I interviewed. Instead, I saw people, systems, institutions that were corrupt at times and just plain old misguided at others. Seeking a genuine relationship with God was what made me face and name those mountains, and it is what brought me and brings me over them, and sometimes right through the middle of them hardhat on and chisel in hand.

      I would love to stay in touch! And please let me know when you agree and when you disagree with what I write. I am very interested in your opinion as a wise woman and a leader in the church.

      Warmly,
      Linda

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