Whosoever: September/October 2013

Issue Theme: Justice

Table of Contents

Cover Stories:

A Jig of Justice
By: Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

No one can serve two masters, Jesus tells his audience. We can't serve the master of revenge while we seek to do a jig of justice.

The Public Pool
By: Lori Heine

Those who would deny us justice feel no sense of connectedness with us. Not just us as LGBT people, but as human beings in general.

Teamwork
By: John H. Campbell

While it may be true that life does not seem fair at times, that is no reason that we should not always strive to play fair, even when others do not elect to do so.

The Root of Justice
By: Simyona Deanova

As human beings, we often think that justice is about what's fair, but is justice always fair?

Features:

How the Resurrection Ruined Christianity
By: Candace Chellew-Hodge

The resurrection is the story that Jesus' followers absolutely had to tell, however, if they were to survive after Jesus' death and grow into the institution it would become. The story became its greatest marketing tool throughout the ages.

Will You Boycott the Russian Olympics?
By: Bob Minor

Individual athletes are courageously standing up daily to protest, but LGBT institutions and their supporters who distribute, sell and use sponsors' products can do it most effectively.

Distinguishing "Morality" from "Ethics" in the Wedding Debates
By: Warren J. Blumenfeld

The tradition of the wedding cake dates back centuries. It symbolizes the anticipation of a sweet life together.

Black Churches Divided Over Same-Sex Marriage
By: Martin E. Marty

... the change in the public's willingness to support same-sex marriage is "not inevitable."

There Must Be No Homophobic Churches
By: Rev. Dr. Jerry S. Maneker

The legalists and the self-righteous, smug fundamentalist professing Christians, who seem to monopolize the media, don't speak for Christianity -- at least not the Christianity that I know.

Now, What Will the Celebration Over ENDA Look Like?
By: Bob Minor

The pursuit of marriage equality without the same effort invested toward ending workplace and accommodation discrimination confirms the claims of many activists that there really is nothing we can call the LGBT community.

From the Pulpit:

Via Creativa: The Island of Misfit Toys
Jesus: Born to Misfit

By: Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

It is the misfits of the world that change the world. It is those who take their place among the odd, the weird, the eccentric and the strange who make the world take notice, who shake us from our complacent slumber and put us squarely back into the mystery that is the Holy - that mystery of the Island of Misfit Toys.

Via Creativa: The Island of Misfit Toys
Be Who You Are

By: Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

Jesus played his role with humility, and calls us to do the same. By being just who we are, right where we are, we are part of the whole universe, because "Playing one's part in accordance with the universe is true humility."

Via Creativa: The Island of Misfit Toys
The Wise Misfits

By: Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

The greatest treasure we have to offer is our maladjusted, disordered, transformed nonconformist selves. This is the gift that the world craves, a gift of light that brings others out of the darkness of conformity and despair.

Via Creativa: The Island of Misfit Toys
Drunken Misfits

By: Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

It's sacred to hear the most beloved person in our lives say our name. To have God whisper your name - my delight, my beloved - well, it can make you downright drunk with delight.

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Service for a Dog

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