All posts by Rev. Stephen Parelli

David P. Gushee

David P. Gushee’s Evangelical Winds-a-Blowing

Can evangelical Americans sleep through this one too? A personal first-hand story: David P. Gushee’s address “Ending the Teaching of Contempt against the Church’s Sexual Minorities” delivered at The Reformation Project Conference in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 8, 2014 (Photo by Rev. Steven Parelli) The

LOVE Scrabble letters on bible

Dish Soap Theology and the Dover Train

MCC of Christ the Liberator, Highland, N.J., March 4, 2012 MCC of the Lehigh Valley, Allentown, Pa., October 7, 2012 Dish soap theology and the Dover train are title headings I use to depict two different aspects of the spiritual journey I’ve been on now

Tealight Candle on Human Palms

Darkness from Light

Saturday, July 19, 2008 ” . . . the light of the world is Jesus. Come to the Light, ’tis shining for you . . . ” Today, the words of this popular missionary hymn, and others like it, which I used to sing in

Friends hugging on a hike

A Journey Toward Becoming Family

The movie Touch of Pink illustrates my journey towards becoming family. The main character, Alim, a young gay man of Indian decent living in London, has an ongoing imaginary friendship with the actor Cary Grant. He tells Cary Grant any personal difficulty he is experiencing

Wedding rings on dictionary

So, Who’s Getting Married in New Jersey?

There’s only one way that Civil Union will ever mean Marriage. Ask banished Roger Williams, founder of Rhode Island, he’ll tell you. It’s simple. If the New Jersey legislature votes for gay civil unions the marriage is simply this: the Magistrates of Trenton will have