“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…]

Thank You Tara Spuhler McCabe, Our Vice-Moderator

For those of you interested in the 220th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), this morning, my friend and colleague, Tara Spuhler McCabe, resigned from the office of Vice-Moderator.  The circumstances that lead to her decision are complex and real, but in all honesty, when I first heard of this, I was pretty angry [Read More…]

Wherever Liberals and Conservatives are Gathered, There is _____?

I am sure that when you read the title of this post, you filled in the blank with: fear ignorance hostility injustice distraction Jesus or beer Sure, there are individuals who might indeed warrant such descriptors, but might we be better served by filling in the blank with “faithfulness, conviction and grace?” As you some [Read More…]

Three Links to Remember Richard and Mildred Loving

As many of you know, yesterday, June 12, 2012 was the 45th Anniversary of the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision, Loving v. Virginia, declaring Virginia’s anti-miscegenation laws unconstitutional and ending all race-based legal restrictions on marriage in the United States. I set out this morning to write a post on anti-miscegenation directed towards Filipino Americans, but after doing a little more research, many folks have already written some [Read More…]

Robert Austell, Candidate for Moderator of the Presbyterian Church (USA)

In an attempt to help folks get to know the candidates for Moderator of the 220th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), I have asked the Moderatorial and Vice-Moderatorial Candidates a few questions. You can find links to all of their responses HERE and you can follow most of the candidates on Twitter HERE. Thanks [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…]

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…]