Category Archives: Faith & Witness

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Lifestyle or Licentiousness?

Think “gay lifestyle” and you think sex. That’s the lesson my mother taught me. She told me that the “gay lifestlye” is all about sex. I was shocked, because I thought about all the times I defended myself as a gay man because it’s my

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God Is Love

GOD IS LOVE. Oh, wait, only if you’re not on the list, that precious list of THOSE WHO CANNOT BE GOD’S CHILDREN. After all, an omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, all-loving God can’t be expected to love everyone, you know. He created everyone (Psalm 139?), but that

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What God Has Done for Me

The following is an address I gave at MCC Toronto’s annual AIDS Vigil of Hope. My name is Chris Hobbs and I am HIV+. When I was first asked to speak tonight, I almost declined, because my immediate reaction was that I haven’t suffered enough

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A Strange Anger

It’s been a long time since I’ve tried putting words about faith on a page. My experience of discovering my sexual identity was agonizing as a mother’s labor pains. Unsuccessful attempts at Metanoia (changing) tore me from the warm, accepting confines of the family of

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Could the Religious Right Be Right?

My favorite joke is about the guy who gets to heaven and St. Peter is showing him around. The two of them began walking down a long hallway, and they came to a door. Peter opened the door and they heard all of these people

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Deliverance Through an Ex-Gay Ministry

I am a straight woman who has been on a long journey. I have been a Christian since the age of five. I married at the age of 27 and very shortly realized I had made a mistake. I was in a very abusive relationship

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Coming Out to God: The Path of Homospirituality

Since that especially brilliant issue on “Homospirituality: A Queer Kind of Faith,” it seems that spiritual concept is always on my mind, in the deepest places of my spirit, even in my body–God’s Temple. (Sound scary?) I see the hallmarks of homospirituality as being the

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On Being Gay and Christian: A Litany of Affirmation

O God, who brought us forth and shaped our being, *Blessed are you.* O God, who showed us love and brings us salvation, *Blessed are you.* O God, who gives us grace and strengthens our hearts, *Blessed are you.* O God, Holy Trinity: Creator, Savior,