Whosoever November/December 2011
Issue Theme: Keep Awake!

Table of Contents

Cover Stories:

Sober Up!
By: Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

It is imperative for LGBT people to keep awake and sober - for us to be aware of what is happening in our world and instead of becoming hysterical, accusing, defensive, or angry - our spirit is always calm and collected - where we can impart true love and intimacy with all.

The Dog Days
By: Lori Heine

We all need to wake up from our stupor now. While we still have a life worth waking up to.

Be Aware
By: Rev. Suzie Chamness

Spiritually, we are called to be "morning people" for God. There are many spiritual sleepwalkers who are caught up in the activities of the world. It is much easier for to sleep or sleepwalk through my daily life.

Rise and Shine
By: John H. Campbell

To be awake to all of the wonderful possibilities God can offer, and most of all awake to possible opportunities for God's Light to shine through you to others, is to be fully alive.

Stay Alert!
By: Simyona Deanova

Keep your eyes forward and pay attention, God's not done using you yet so stay alert!


And We Keep Expecting Them to Be Rational
By: Bob Minor

We keep trying to understand how those opposed to human rights, and other progressive positions can logically think, talk, and respond the way they do. And the answer is, it's not rational.

And Jesus Wept ...
By: Rev. Paul Turner

Forgiveness is the only road to freedom.

Institutional Sociopathy: The Decline of America
By: Rev. Dr. Jerry S. Maneker

We have become an increasingly sociopathic society that has seriously coarsened our discourse and our very culture!

Jesus Gives Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free Pass
By: Warren J. Blumenfeld

If the criminal justice system considers options to incarceration, secular alternatives must be placed on the table.

Same Church, Different Song of Equality
By: Terry Angel Mason

What message does it send to the 9-year-old boy who verges on a fight for his own emotional, spiritual and physical survival as he sits in those same pews Sunday after Sunday, hearing himself marginalized and damned to hell?

What Does "Coming Out" Mean?
By: Tom Durst

I needed to "come out" to myself and recognize that I'm gay and to live any longer in denial of this fact about my humanity is counterproductive both to myself as well as to my loved ones.

From the Pulpit:

Whee! We! Wee! All the Way Home: Being Extremists
By: Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

We're called to be extreme in our boldness, extreme in our bravery, extreme in our faith, but also to be extremely vulnerable.

Whee! We! Wee! All the Way Home:
How to Train Your Dragon

By: Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

How many times have we felt the dragons of the world tell us that what the world really needs is less of us - because we're not good enough, smart enough, and doggone it, people just don't like us?

Whee! We! Wee! All the Way Home:
Our True Home

By: Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

It is only in the present moment that we can decide to climb out from under our fear and claim our true home.

Holy Humor:

Paul's Chain Letter to the Corinthians

Dirty Water

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