Category Archives: essays

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Of Pandemics, Social Distancing, and Hugs

For those of us who are old enough and were somewhat “woke” back then, the COVID-19 pandemic invokes hidden emotions that remind one of the painful early years of the AIDS crisis. There are differences, certainly, because this pandemic is directly affecting a broader demographic,

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Like Desert Plants

What do we do when we experience spiritual dryness? How do we overcome that block? The Christian life is often very literally a wandering in the wilderness. Regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, Christians tend to go through periods when they feel that God

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A 20/20 Vision of Love

The end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. — T.S. Eliot On the first day of 2020, the first day of a new decade — having just relaunched Whosoever after a five-year

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Living in a House Haunted by Love

I’m sometimes asked if my house is haunted. My father died there, my mother died homesick for it and, years earlier, she claimed to have been visited there by my grandmother’s ghost. The place is over sixty years old, and it certainly does contain its

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The Real Gift

A survey was done among members of the Metropolitan Community Church, a largely LGBTQ denomination. One of the questions posed was whether it was in the Metropolitan Community Church that they heard for the first time that they were beloved by God? The answer was