Category Archives: essays

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LGBTQI Stories Teach Us How to be People of Faith

Queer and Trans people of faith frequently hear that they cannot be Queer or Trans and be Christian, or that they cannot be Queer or Trans and be Muslim, or that they cannot be Queer or Trans and be Jewish. Our logical, philosophical, or theological

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Forbearance

Always be humble and gentle.  Be patient with each other making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. — Ephesians 4:2 I was out on an errand and encountered a man who walked in front of my car while it was in motion.

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A 30-Day Riot of Love

My calendar this morning reminded me that we’re almost halfway through June 2020, perhaps the strangest Pride Month in LGBTQI history. Am I the only one for whom the last three months of sheltering in place feels as if it’s both the longest and shortest

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Letters to Home: This New Normal Is Anything But

Dear Bro, I have put so many letters together to send to you in my head, but none have made it to paper until now. I have seen so much on Facebook these days — people trying to keep everyone home safe, entertained, challenged to

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Reclaiming Mother’s Day

It’s always been awkward for me as a pastor to talk about Mother’s Day. But I keep getting drawn to it, I still feel moved to relate to it. I was in foster care from five to eleven. I have not met my birth mother

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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,