10 Tips for Being a Good Ally

This past weekend, I  had the privilege of spending a few days with the folks at the  2014 Christianity 21 Conference in Denver, CO. Along with some truly gifted thinkers and theologies, I was one of the 21 main speakers tasked with bringing a “big idea” to the event. The only requirement was that whatever … [Read more…]

“The State of Our Unions” Conference Call Invitation

As some of you know, for the past few years I have been on the Board of Directors of California Faith for Equality. While never as active as I would like to be, I am excited about our recent direction setting including the hiring of a new executive director, Eleanor Steinman. After just a few phone … [Read more…]

What This Liberal Democrat Can Learn from Those Log Cabin Republicans

This week, during the Republican National Convention, this Tampa Tribune ad hit the newsstands . . . Yep, you read correctly, this ad is from some Republicans to some Republicans. Awesome. If I know some of you liberal friends o’ mine, seeing this has got you all foaming at mouth. Your loins are girded, your shields are raised and … [Read more…]

Brian Ellison Named New Executive Director of Covenant Network of Presbyterians

Scrolling through my messages this morning lead me to this very exciting announcement from Covenant Network of Presbyterians and their new Executive Director. Not only am I excited for CovNet itself, but for my friend, Brian. I’ve known Brian for quite a while mostly through very geeky Presbyterian events, but more recently through his work with MRTI, … [Read more…]

Obedient Slaves, Silent Women and Understanding Biblical Literalism

First off, this picture is courtesy of a Tony Jones post. The comment thread on this post is worth the price of admission. Never a dull moment over there. Last week William Reeser left the following comment on my post, The “Marginalization of the Christian Right. While that post was not directly about marriage equality, … [Read more…]

The “Marginalization” of the Christian Right

This week I received a funding solicitation email from a conservative Christian organization with the following justification for their plea for support: . . . the church is being marginalized by a culture that is increasingly accepting homosexuality and same-sex marriage . . . While I don’t want to deny that groups such as this are feeling … [Read more…]

Pastor Worley and the Slippery Slope of “Speaking the Truth in Love”

[Photo By davidz] Every time I blog about homosexuality and the church, I get at least one email or comment that says that I am either wasting my time or sowing dissent.  As a straight, married, Asian American Presbyterian, I agree . . . this is getting old. I dread the fact that issues of gender, race, … [Read more…]

Gay AND Christian . . . Welcome!

So very excited about a new blog that Kimberly Knight is hosting as part of the Progressive Christian Channel on Patheos called Coming Out Christian. I don’t know Kimberly really well, but I do know her to be a thoughtful, passionate and strong voice in conversations about justice, technology and faith in Jesus Christ. I can think … [Read more…]

Jan’s Open Love Letter to Her North Carolina Kin

[Photo by stephenmeszaros] One of my favorite people in the world is, pastor and friend, Jan Edmiston [blog|twitter]. Unless she has a secret life – which could be entirely possible – I don’t believe that Jan has won any world championships, saved anyone from a burning building or beat out a bunch of other people on some reality … [Read more…]

The Ally Dilemma on National Coming Out Day

Today is National Coming Out Day. Celebrated on October 11 in the United States and around the world, this is a day that celebrates and raises awareness about LGBTQ movements, people and perspectives. One of the things that has been interesting is that there has been an increased push for LGBTQ-affirming allies to also come out. In … [Read more…]