John McNeill realized his calling to become a priest after sharing a pig’s dinner. He was only 17, and had enlisted in the Army to fight in World War II. His unit was captured by the Germans and forced to work on farms. The German
As hundreds of thousands of ethnic Albanians are forced from their homes in Kosovo, Rev. Greg Dell sees a similar human tragedy playing itself out on a smaller scale within the United Methodist Church, as it prosecutes its clergy for openly violating a church rule
Rejoice gays and lesbians! Bishop John Shelby Spong says our battle has been won already. Bishop Spong’s critics often lambaste him for making statements they find outrageous, and when he told me during a recent interview that our battle for acceptance has been won, I
When Daniel Helminiak wrote “What The Bible Really Says About Homosexuality” he had several goals in mind. “I wanted a book that would be short, inexpensive, easily accessible and would put out information that would counter what’s coming out from the religious right,” he said.
Bruce Bawer keeps stealing my ideas. I don’t know how he gets into my head, but he does. So far, he’s written two books I wish I had written. First, there was A Place At The Table, an unblinkingly critical look at gay and lesbian
Rev. Mel White is an accidental activist. He came from deep inside his closet, ghost writing biographies for leaders of the religious right, to fasting in jail because his old employers would no longer recognize him once his true identity was revealed. He was thrust
In the world of gay and lesbian publishing, you can often judge your success by the number of death threats you have received. Author Keith Hartman says since his book “Congregations in Conflict: The Battle Over Homosexuality” (Rutgers University Press) hit stores, he has received
As we have seen in this issue, many “mainstream” churches are opening their doors to gays and lesbians. This action is undoubtedly being blessed by God as evidenced by the growth and other miracles these churches have experienced. It’s good to see these churches finally