“Seneca Falls, Selma, Stonewall”: Claiming Our Social Justice Story

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Monday, January 21, 2013 was a High Holy Day in our nation’s "civil religion.” The second inauguration for our country’s first black president was itself highly symbolic, but that day in January had the additional symbolism of being both Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and the anniversary month of Lincoln signing the Emancipation Proclamation. What a stunning three-step sweep of history from President Lincoln’s 1863 executive order freeing all slaves, one hundred year later to Dr. King’s 1963 dr … [Read more...]

Cisgender and Transgender

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Most people are more familiar with the term transgender than with the term cisgender. The term transgender came first, adding the Latin prefix “trans-” (meaning, “across from” or “on the other side of”) to the word gender to indicate a person, whose gender identity or gender expression does not match their biological sex.Cisgender was coined as a complementary term from the Latin prefix cis-, (meaning “on this side of”), indicating a person, whose gender identity and gender expression for the … [Read more...]

Liberal Christians: STOP “Conceding” Readings that Victimize LGBT Christians

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Adam Kotsko, professor, author, and blogger, has an provocative Twitter conversation going (@adamkotsko) in which he criticizes liberal Christians for making "half-assed" arguments along the lines of "Yes, God's inspired word is anti-gay, but...."He says, "It hurts my heart to see liberals so easily concede homophobic readings of the Bible."More importantly, he offers a potentially more constructive path of argumentation: The Paul stuff in particular is a case study in over-confident t … [Read more...]

“Why Not Choose Love? Picking and Choosing Scripture as a Twenty-first Century Christian” (A Progressive Christian Lectionary Commentary for Oct 23, 2011)

Prop 8: The Musical Progressive Christians are sometimes accused of “picking and choosing” Bible verses for their own convenience. But I would invite you to consider that, upon close inspection, all Christians pick and choose when it comes to the Bible. The same Bible has been used throughout history to affirm both slavery and emancipation, sexism and equality, violence and nonviolence. The question, then, becomes what criteria should we use to pick and choose between various parts of scri … [Read more...]

Letter to the Editor

There have been quite a few letters to the editor in response my letter a few weeks ago, which was written to refute a letter titled "Homosexuals choose not to follow God’s word.” Now they've published my response to the responses: Jesus taught us to love human beings In the letter to the editor “The Bible is clear on marriage” (Sept. 2), Marcus Eugene Atkinson refers to the unchanging “principles” about marriage that he believes are in the Bible. Although this argument is frequently made, its … [Read more...]

Letter to the Editor: "God Does Change"

(The following letter to the editor was published on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 in the Calvert Recorder.)I am writing in response to Gloria Hawkins’ Aug. 17 letter, “Homosexuals choose not to follow God’s word.”Ms. Hawkins says that, “God doesn’t change,” and she implies that the Judeo-Christian conception of sexual ethics hasn’t changed “for more than 2,000 years and always will be until the end of time.” Both points are highly dubious.Limiting myself to the Bible (which Ms. Hawkins … [Read more...]


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