Volume 8: Issue 4
Table Of Contents
Story: Same-Gender Marriage:
A Seal Upon My Heart
--By: Candace Chellew-Hodge
In our spiritual as well as our earthly marriages, we are to set our beloved as a seal upon our heart, as the Song of Solomon so eloquently puts it. Our married love is a love stronger than death, our jealousy for our loved one stronger than the grip of hell it is an eternal bond to another person, as well as our maker.
--By: John H. Campbell
As people who are
Christian and LGBT are redefining the traditional idea of what
marriage can and cannot be, I cannot understand why it is that
so many are so apprehensive of the idea of a bisexual person in
a relationship with two partners, provided such a relationship
is entered into consensually and with the full agreement of all
involved, and given as much reverence and meaning by all involved
as a monogamous commitment between two members of the same or the
opposite gender would be.
By The Power Vested In Me, I Now Pronounce...
--By: Rev. Don Southworth
The institution of marriage is not going to be harmed if we let more people into it, people who are as loving and as committed as anyone else. It could be argued that same sex marriage might even help the institution. We heterosexuals have not been doing too great a job.
Moses at the MCC:
God's Exodus International
Ex-Gay at All!
--By: Steve Pearson
Even if God is in favor of gay marriage, we must be
very careful how we go about achieving it: we must not
simply adopt the political strategies that work in the
secular world. What seems best from a political,
moral, or ethical point of view is often not so from
Give Us a Chance
--By: Sheila Reuther
Is it really necessary to prevent
gay and lesbian couples from marriage that the "tro's"
(heterosexuals) guard so sacredly? Isn't there a
Dick's Divorce Shack on every corner in every town
right next to Bubba's Chapel of Bliss? The going rate
for divorce is 50 % if I'm not mistaken. So that means
in a room of 10 "tro's," 5 of them will stay married
and 5 of them will divorce.
The Family Idol
--By: Rev. Fr. Robert Darrell Hall
The symptoms of the family idol's worship are very strange. It causes the equation of a heterosexual, dual-parent, child-raising family with some sort of moral ideal. While there is rational and empirical evidence that children may be better off in two-parent family, there is no evidence that a heterosexual pairing is any better than a homosexual pairing.
--By: Rembert Truluck
The obvious fact that same-sex couples can and do enter into loving
committed lifelong relationships is challenging and shaking the
foundations of abusive religion and unjust social customs and systems.
All of our biblical research reaches one clear conclusion: Homosexuals
are not an abomination to God, but wounding and destroying homosexuals
in the name of religion is.
Is it a Marriage?
Is it a Union? Does it matter?
--By: Dean Eason
The U.S. Supreme Court, in their recent ruling regarding the Texas
laws, has in essence validated gay relationships. They chose to leave
bedroom to the conduct and behavior of the consenting adults residing
within. However, even this is a far cry from the benefits that a
recognized 'marriage' provides.
Tears of Joy for Richard and Eric
--By: Henry S. Juhala
I wasn't sad
Quite to the contrary
Two of my friends
Have decided to marry
First There Must Be Paper
--By: Joseph Schultz
The first anniversary is paper or clocks,
but there was no paper to give:
no wedding photos,
no thank you notes.
No Ordinary Epistle
--By: Richard Shumate
Working prayerfully under the influence of the Holy Spirit, two-thirds of the clergy and lay leaders of the church took the fateful step of saying no office in our church should be denied to faithful Christians because of their sexual identity. Those who would reject that decision as apostasy might want to stop for a moment -- just a moment -- to consider whether the Holy Spirit might be trying to tell them something. The Lord does work in mysterious ways.
Black Homosexuality Goes Mainstream with release of Spiritual Empowerment Book for Black GLBT, Clergy and Families
--By: Herndon L. Davis
In his new GLBT affirming spiritual empowerment book, "Black, Gay and Christian: An Inspirational Guidebook to Daily Living," author Herndon L. Davis sheds full light upon the numerous issues facing today's Black Gay Christian while bringing acute awareness to the Black mainstream as to the crucial need for broader inclusion, reconciliation and acceptance of homosexuality.
Exodus and Beyond . . .
Hope and a Future
--By: Eileen Smith
I tried to "change." I underwent five years of intense counseling and "reparative" therapy
that left me more insecure, unstable and guilt-ridden than I ever was before.
But I lived behind a facade of happiness and wholeness because I didn't want
to disappoint those who had prayed for me for so many years.
Deja vu All Over Again
-- By: Rev. Gilbert Caldwell
Despite the differences between racial identity and sexual orientation,
who oppose the consecration of Bishop Robinson concern me as they are
reminders of the attitudes that once opposed the acceptance, inclusion
of persons because they were of African descent.
We Are the Ones We've
Been Waiting For
--By: Bruce Mulkey
Many of us look around today and see a world in disarray. Many of us believe
that our leaders have failed us. But the truth is, my friends, that the
situation around us is our creation. If you want to discover what you really
want, look at what you've got. The situation in our homes, in our community,
in the U.S., in the world, is our responsibility. And if you want something
different, it is essential that you think, say and do what is necessary to
create that change. No one else can do this for you.
The Idol of Empire
-- By: James Wellman
we sacrifice to the idol of survival we feed the system of empire that says
whatever must be done to survive we will do. Whoever needs to be killed will
be killed; whoever needs to be destroyed will be destroyed. This, as prophets
of Israel, Islam, and theologians within the Roman Catholic and Protestant
churches know, is a slippery road that is tremendously appealing to many people,
but endangers the soul of the nation.
Soulforce Condemns Catholic Bishops' Marriage Document as Spiritually Violent
-- By: Laura Montgomery Rutt
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in November
approved a document condemning
loving relationships between people
the same gender, and defining marriage as "between a man and a woman." The
document, entitled Between Man and Woman: Questions and Answers about Marriage
Unions, is intended to be made into a pamphlet and circulated among Catholic
parishes and parishioners.
Letters To The Editor
The Contours of Gender
-- By: Jill Neimark
If gender has any message to give us, it's that we are complex and richly constructed whole beings. Human beings are made of a choreography of signals, from the intricacy of genes blending together, to the ebb and flow of hormones, to the fabric of culture-a choreography that we create and which creates us. From this tapestry comes a sense of self, an indivisible whole. Powerful, yes. Simple, no.
From the Pulpit:
Ah! The Power of Prayer:
Part Five -- "Faith Healers, Snake Handlers, and Others Stories from Cheese Station C"
What if prayer isn't in asking for anything? What if prayer isn't about a list of what is needed, even if they are good things? What if real prayer, true prayer, is the willing of good, the power of creative life flowing out of us, touching others?
--By: Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge
We suck when we believe that our misery, our suffering, is somehow unique. We suck because we, believing that we have the market cornered on pain and anguish, inflict our misery on others.
All Things Buffy
--By: Jim Checkley
whole point is that Buffy is not what she appears to be. The whole point is to get beyond
stereotypes and superficial appearances and discovery what lies beneath. As I will discuss
throughout the rest of this talk, what matters is who we are inside our strength as a person and
the choices we make when confronted with the challenges of the world.
Bible Study and Inspiration:
Lepers, Loons and Losers: The Outcasts of the Gospels
2: The Roadside Leper
--By: Tom Yeshua
Each of us, in our own way, have cried out to Jesus, "If you want to,
you can make me clean." Often this is in the form of a prayer: "Make me like
everyone else," take my lesbian or gay desires away from me. And Jesus is still
"moved with pity" over the inability of his gay brothers and sisters to come
to grips with their unique beauty and calling, and the giftedness of their
sexual and emotional loves and desires.
Queering the Gospel
--By: Jerry S. Maneker
Increasingly, God's gay and lesbian children are recognizing that being queer is not a sin, but it is a sin to deny the value of what God has made! No longer are many queer people content to live their lives in quiet desperation, riddled with shame, guilt, and self-loathing.
The Power and Authority of Scripture
--By: Elizabeth McGee
Christians have decided to abandon the Bible for the most part.
Some churches have even struggled with whether to include the Bible
in their pews. I know that many of these people have been deeply
hurt - but it seems that they have been mostly hurt by other people
who have abused the Bible. It seems unfair punishment to the
scripture to put it in the corner (so to speak) because of the
actions of people.
How Faiths Fight Fires
The Lying Contest
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