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Pour Over is a place of stories. We give people a platform to speak publicly about their experiences, interests, and concerns as it relates to faith and religion. We especially want to find those issues, people, and thoughts that have fallen through the cracks or are over looked by mainstream faith practitioners


 

FOUNDERS 

Samantha Borders
Chief Editor and Head Writer

As an academic, activist, and avid writer, Samantha strives to bring the Gospel of Peace to all aspects of her life and work. Holding a Master’s in Palestine Studies from the University of Exeter, she is passionate about promoting the agenda of peace and reconciliation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; views that stem from Christ’s life and teachings and her personal faith. Her work primarily revolves around Palestinian Christians, their heritage, and present circumstances. When not engaged in world issues, Samantha enjoys spending time with her family, getting coffee with friends, composing/reciting poetry, and singing loudly while driving.



Elliott Skinner
Chief Editor and Head Writer

Elliott Skinner is a dropout from Loyola University in Chicago, class of 2010, where he studied Creative Writing and Theology. He has since contributed to several online publications on the issues of mental health and foreign affairs. He is a housing activist in Chicago and is deeply invested in conversations surrounding affordable housing and gentrification. He is an avid fan of electronic music and is working on several sample albums. He also is working on three novels at once- he hates being bored!



Josh Tikka
Editor and Web Admin

Josh Tikka graduated from DePaul University in 2012. He earned a Bachelor’s in Communications and two minors in Arabic and Chinese respectively. He has worked as an editor on a different online publication for several short stints. He is a Chicago based activist and writer who specializes in Children’s literature. He is excited to be a founding member of Pour Over as the chief communications & outreach coordinator, and the web admin.


 

CONTRIBUTORS
 

Evan Dixon

Evan Dixon is a graduate of Armstrong State University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in Philosophy. Evan is passionate about theology, creative writing, and music. His favorite theologians are Kierkegaard, Bonhoeffer, Willard, Tozer, Ellul, Owens, and Edwards. He has written two novels, is currently working on his third, and just released an album of piano preludes. But above all, Evan is foremost a follower of Jesus, is passionate about discipleship, and seeks to encourage humble criticism of theological structures that impede genuine communion with Christ.


 

Lucian Clark

Lucian Clark is a queer activist in southern New Jersey who is studying Human Services with a focus in Counseling and a dual minor in Psychology and Sociology online through Post University. He has his own website, http://GenderTerror.com, where he focuses on queer issues (specifically trans issues) in society, his own life, and various other intersections. He often spends nights awake, unable to sleep due to the fact rats exist and are Way Too Cute.


 

Rachel Hargis

Rachel Hargis is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute with a degree in Bible and Theology, emphasis on Ministry to Women. She currently works for Moody’s distance learning program and will begin working toward an MDiv degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. She loves both teaching and learning, especially about God.She loves spending time outside and with friends. She also plays the violin and loves music. Rachel hopes to contribute to the global conversation about women’s rights and feminine identity, especially in the Christian Church.


 

Commenting Rules 


1. Above all, we expect all participants in the online discussions here at PourOver Magazine to adhere to conduct that is mature and refrains from demeaning others’ opinions and experiences. We are ardently against gas-lighting.
2. Profanity is not tolerated.
3. This site is meant to be a safe space for discussions surrounding topics that are overlooked or disregarded; and therefore we will delete inappropriate comments on the spot. Users with three violations will be banned from utilizing the comments section of our stories.
4. No advertisements. These will be automatically removed unless otherwise approved by the website’s administrative team.
5. Racism, sexism, islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and other types of discrimination are not tolerated. If you wouldn’t say it to someone you care about, then you shouldn’t say it here.
6. The administrative team reserves the right to delete comments that are offensive and without merit/justification.
7. We very much wish for dialogue to be generated from our website’s content. However, this is not an excuse for a free-for-all battle of whose views are the most accurate.
8. Dear trolls, we’re capable individuals and can spot your work. While we are certain you get a good kick out of such activities, we do not. Therefore, if we suspect you of trolling, you will be given a warning. See Rule 3 for outcome.
9. If you see something that is amiss or that is out-of-bounds, please contact the admin team. We’re here for you and care very much about your well-being and sense of security.
10. Under no circumstances are there to be threats of violence. Any comments found in this category will be automatically banned from our forum. End of story.