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Volume 3: Issue 3
November/December 1998

The Power of Prayer


Table Of Contents


Cover Story: The Power of Prayer:

Heartwork:
A Loving Meditation on Various Forms of Prayer

--By: Amanda Udis-Kessler

Prayer - like the Holy - is available to all people, regardless of doctrinal position (or lack thereof), church membership, prior life experiences, political and ethical values, or belief in prayer's usefulness.


The Power of Honest Prayer
--By: Candace Chellew

It's tempting to pray for things we want, then to sit around and wait for them to happen. When they don't fall into our laps, we become bitter and angry at God for ignoring us. The problem is, we've only prayed, we have not acted. We've prayed dishonestly.


The Power of Prayer:
God at the Coalface

-- By: Rev. Vera I. Bourne

Rarely do we realize the steady, ongoing growth of intimacy produced by the constancy of this our interaction with God. Prayer is the switching on, or the opening of circuits, of power between our Creator and ourselves.


Rooted in Prayer
-- By: Mark T. Beedy

Without prayer (communication with God), a Christian begins to wither and grows distant from his/her faith. Eventually the faith dies and the Christian, while perhaps thinking that he/she is a good Christian, has really died too.

Praying in Every Season
-- By: Caroline Mason

I saw a truth deeper than the simple words "praying always" conveyed. What I saw was that prayer belongs in every season that we pass through in our lives spiritually.


The Power of Prayer is Real!
-- By: Glenda E.

Without the constant prayer exchange between myself and God, life would be unbearable.


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Homospirituality:

Berdaches ... and Assumptions About Berdaches
--By: Patricia Nell Warren

Berdaches, it's said, were accepted in the native world, and viewed as having mystical powers. They were colorfully portrayed in the 19th century art of George Catlin and other artists. Some in the gay community today feel a great connectedness with the berdache, and a yearning to be similarly powerful and accepted in American society.


Is Fundamentalism Right for the Gay Christian?
--By: L. Louise

The fundamentalist's definition of God is too small. It doesn't allow any room for individual thinking or doctrinal differences.


On Becoming A Conscious Instrument of God's Will
--By: David Mundy

I have experienced in a small way that service brings me closer to God, and that I can enrich my own spiritual life by sharing it with others. My current personal goal is to become a more conscious instrument of God's will in my community.


Happy Birthday, Jesus!
--By: Rev: Vera Bourne

This Christmas we could ponder the limits we can be expected to observe regarding mercy and justice - just as Peter and Jesus pondered the limits of forgiveness. Does our involvement in justice and mercy end in our own communities, cities or countries?


Between a Rock and a Hard Place: A Story
--By: Ron Belgau

"I don't know why I'm gay. I've snuck down to the library and read a bunch of books about it, you know. Some people say its genetic. That's what I think makes the most sense. But other people think its caused by having a bad relationship with your dad, or being too close to your mom."

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Special Report: The Death of Matthew Shepard:

Matthew Died For You and Me
-- By: Dr. Rembert Truluck

Matthew Shepard demonstrated the importance and the risk of "coming out." He died during the night after National Coming Out Day. What effect has all of this had on you? What do you plan to do about your own life and mission?


Silence Killed Matthew Shepard
-- By: The Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston

Silence killed Matthew Shepard. The silence of Christians who know that our scriptures on homosexuality are few and murky in interpretation and far outweighed by the words of a savior whose only comment on human relationships was to call us to never judge but only to love.


Where Are The Preachers?
-- By: Candace Chellew

Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson and all the other right-wing Bible thumpers were racking up face time on talk show after talk show, decrying her bravery as "promoting homosexuality" and calling her names like "degenerate." Now, when a young man, 21 years old, loses his life to the brutality that these men create with their talk of a war against the "homosexual agenda" where are they? They are strangely silent.


Death and New Life
-- By: Parker Allen

We must not let the death of Matthew scare us into inaction.


What Can You Do?
-- By: John Aravosis

Resources for action after the death of Matthew Shepard.


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Features:

Battling For The Heart of Christianity:
An Interview with Bishop John Shelby Spong

-- By: Candace Chellew

For Spong, Christianity is all about breaking down the barriers that separate people from God. He sees the ultimate of acceptance of gays and lesbians into the church as part of the natural order of this barrier breaking action of Christ.


Human Authenticity: The Key To Spirituality
An Interview With Author Daniel Helminiak

-- By: Candace Chellew

What that innate understanding of spirituality needs is guidance. That's what Helminiak offers in his new book, Religion and The Human Sciences, An Approach via Spirituality.


UFMCC Celebrates 30 Years
-- By: Rev. Troy Perry

I've felt a healthy sense of accomplishment. I've recalled the lives we've touched and helped. I've thought about the ministries we've reclaimed and -- literally! -- the lives we've helped to save.


What MCC Has Meant to Me
-- By: Candace Chellew

I honestly don't know where I would be without MCC. This denomination came to me in one of the darkest moments of my life and shined the light of God into it. For that I am eternally grateful.


Letters To The Editor

Readers sound off on what they like and dislike about Whosoever.

Readers Give Praise!

Readers share their praises.

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Youth:

Making Prank Calls To God
-- By: Erik Stavlund

Why is it that so many Christians prank call our Heavenly Father?


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From The Pulpit:

In The Flesh
--By: Dan Chambers

Whether it is anticipated with light or heavy heart, we help give birth to Christmas. We help in all of our seasonal rituals. We bring the birth of Christmas in the lighting of candles, the writing of letters, the singing of carols, the baking of cookies, the welcoming of friends and relatives into our homes, the remembering of treasured Christmases, the wrapping of presents.


When I am Still, I Hear the Quiet Voice
--By: Russell L. Bennett

It is one thing to believe that God exists. It is quite another thing to listen to God. It is what is meant by the word "obedience." The root of the word "obey" is "to listen."


Messing Ourselves Up
--By: Candace Chellew

What getting messed up means to me is that a theological education demystifies many of the things about the Bible and the Christian religion that have always seemed magical.


What Would Jesus Do?
--By: Mary Warejcka

This world is all about what's in it for me, including one of those WWJD bracelets.


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Bible Study and Inspiration:

Transvestism, Transgenderism, and Deuteronomy 22:5
--By: Elisabeth Anne Kellogg

How can the transgendered, whether male or female, be comfortable with himself/herself within his/her gender? To address this issue it is necessary to understand who and what a transgendered person is.


The Bible Is An Empty Closet
--By: Dr. Ralph Blair

Ideas and understandings of sexuality have changed greatly over the centuries. People in biblical times did not share our knowledge of customs of sexuality; we do not share their experience.

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Holy Humor!

Dear Pastor: Letters From Kid

God Sues Kansas Preacher

Where Pets Come From

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