Whosoever November/December 2012

Issue Theme: Everyday Miracles

Table of Contents

Cover Stories:

Stranger Things Have Happened
By: Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

We, as LGBT people, are pregnant with blessings.

Embraceable Us
By: Lori Heine

Every gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender human being is a miracle. None of us was an accident, none of us happened strictly by chance, and certainly none of us is a mistake.

Impossible Faith
By: Simyona Deanova

Seek God's heart in all things and remember that our God delights in doing the impossible.

Amazed by Grace
By: John H. Campbell

I can speak from experience when I say that I believe in miracles. I have come to over time to thank the Loving God for what has been and continues to be an abundance of miracles in my life, once I was able to discern what can truly be construed as a genuine "miracle" in my understanding.

Features:

Love, Hate, and Solidarity:
One Response to "The Cross in the Closet"

By: Darrell Grizzle

Is it possible to love and hate a book at the same time? That's what I've been struggling with for the past week, after reading Timothy Kurek's book The Cross in the Closet.

The Christmas Fraud
By: Rev. Paul Turner

In all the perfection we strive for in the holiday season we forget this birth was anything but neat, clean and glamorous.

God and Natural Disasters:
It's Not Only the Gays' Fault Anymore

By: Warren J. Blumenfeld

... tell the gays to move over, for they no longer have a monopoly on blame in bringing on world disasters. Now Republicans are joining them in this select club.

Could Fundamentalists Exist
Without Being Motivated by Hate?

By: Bob Minor

Right-wing religion attempts to convince its followers that they can't trust their own thinking, their own intuitions, and their own voices. They're too vile, self-deceiving, lowly, fallen, finite, or just too "human."

Perhaps it Should be Called "Affectional Orientation"
By: Rev. Dr. Jerry S. Maneker

Most Gay people engage in sexual activity just as most Straight people engage in sexual activity, but those activities don't define whether or not they are Gay or Straight.

Christian Bias? A Sociology Study on Gay Parents
By: Martin E. Marty

Scholars have all kinds of checks on their scholarship, but they can't and don't jump out of their communities, creeds, and commitments, recessive and vague though they seem.

From the Pulpit:

Via Positiva: Cosmic Kindergarten
Learning to Laugh

By: Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

There seems to be no space for humor in religion these days. Most mainstream Christians have become humorless moralists, unable to laugh at anything, save the unholy humor that belittles their "enemies."

Via Positiva: Cosmic Kindergarten
Independence

By: Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

We cannot be independent unless we have complete dependence - complete faith - in the Holy's ability to empower us to live into our authenticity.

Via Positiva: Cosmic Kindergarten
Sharing

By: Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

How would it changed the way you lived if you realized that the only way any of us get fed in this world is by sharing - and not just by sharing food, but by sharing resources like clean air, clean water, or technology, or anything else we may want to keep just for ourselves?

Via Positiva: Cosmic Kindergarten
Becoming Who You Are

By: Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

The truth is, to get to our dreams, we often have to fight for them - and often, it can feel like a fight to the death.

Holy Humor:

Do You Know the Way?

Don't Tell My Wife

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