We’ve Come A Long Way, Baby?

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Rev. Gene Robinson, groundbreaking retired Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire, writes this month over at The Washington Post about the recent election of Dr. Guy Erwin as the first openly gay bishop in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  I wrote a bit on this historic shift here, and Robinson notes what a difference a [Read More...]

God, Gays, & the Lutheran Church Basement

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Did you notice the location of the meeting between Alan Chambers, now-apologetic director of the now-former Exodus International, and the group of ex-Exodus members? The church basement. The Hollywood Lutheran Church basement was the site of the “God and Gays” episode of Our America with Lisa Ling on OWN. And it was a fitting location [Read More...]

Papa’s Day 2013

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Check out the great series of e-cards for Papa’s Day 2013 from Strong Families.  Some of the images are embedded here. This builds on the success of the Mama’s Day campaign in recent years, which I talked about last month.  It all comes from the organization whose motto simply is:  “All Families Matter.” Strong Families is [Read More...]

Our Voices: “Little Lady”

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This summer, I’ll be sharing a series of short personal stories from the Our Voices, Our Stories booklet published by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s Justice for Women program.  It is available in full on the program’s website, and is described thus: “Rooted in the gospel, truth-telling is a part of all social change, [Read More...]

Lutheran Pride

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June is LGBT Pride Month and so it’s a particularly good time to celebrate the fact that Rev. Dr. Guy Erwin has been elected by the Southwest California Synod to be the first openly gay bishop in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. President Barack Obama’s 2013 proclamation about Pride Month reads in part: Lesbian, [Read More...]

Pentecost Happened

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This Sunday, Christians celebrate Pentecost.  As a liturgical moment, it marks the arrival of the Spirit and enlivening of the community of gathered Jesus-as-Christ-believers, described in Acts 2.  As a vocabulary word in my introduction to Christianity course, it means “fiftieth” day since Passover.  This is important because that gathered community, still perhaps reeling from [Read More...]

Mama’s Day & “The Balance of Justice”

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The Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations describes the Mama’s Day movement and it’s connection to Mother’s Day: Mother’s Day was originally founded as an antiwar rallying cry by Unitarian Julia Ward Howe. This history reminds us that Mother’s Day is more than a day for flowers and pancakes. It’s a time to highlight the aspects [Read More...]

Open Letter to a Bishop

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“If you could have me read one article, what would it be? … Basically, what do you know that I should know?” One article!  One article?  Well, that’s the first challenge.  Ask any college professor for one reading recommendation, and you’re likely to get more than you bargained for.  However, I know that the work [Read More...]

Macklemore’s Theology of “Same Love”

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Of course, by the time I got around to watching Macklemore’s Same Love video at the urging of my students, I was informed by others that they were already “over” Macklemore (especially because this thing called Thrift Shop …).  That generation gap just gets bigger every year. As described in a Huffington Post article, the song [Read More...]


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