God is Transgender

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I had a text discussion this morning with two of my theological colleagues, and one asked if we felt the “cosmic Christ,” was necessarily male or female. This also led to our understanding of the Holy Spirit, and ultimately to how we understood God. And it was then that I came to a realization about [Read More...]

Gay Marriage is Legal; SCOTUS Dissent is Shameful

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In a historic 5-4 opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that states must recognize the marriages of same-sex couples. Swing vote Anthony Kennedy recognized that, as our understanding of human beings changes, so should the understanding of how our institutions accommodate and recognize them. He cited the example that rights for women have shifted [Read More...]

Five Reasons We Take Our Kids to Gay Pride

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The Gay Pride parade in Portland, Oregon is not only a family-friendly event; it’s a community-wide celebration. From airlines, banks and restaurants to the SPCA and churches, lots of people get involved with floats, costumes and displays at the end of the parade route. There are kids there, both of straight couples and same-sex couples. [Read More...]

LGBTQ Pride Month: What We Do When the Bible is Ignorant?

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Let’s face it; the Bible is ignorant about some things that we know more about now, including things like biology and neurochemistry. So how do we deal with that as people of faith? June is officially “Pride Month,” in which we celebrate the public empowerment of, and advocacy for, our LGBTQ sisters and brothers. Though the [Read More...]

Meet Caitlyn (formerly Bruce) Jenner

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It didn’t take long for Bruce Jenner to come out publicly with his gender transformation complete. Renowned portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz photographed the public debut of Caitlyn Jenner, which is on the most recent cover of Vanity Fair Magazine. There is also an accompanying article and a brief video about the shoot and the transformation [Read More...]

Christ Church PDX Loses Funding, Denomination for LGBTQ Advocacy

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After nearly two decades serving within the denomination known as the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC), Rev. Adam Phillips and his new year-old new church start, Christ Church, Portland, found themselves without a denominational home, a facility to worship in and $90,000 of funding, promised to them by the ECC who charged them with the new [Read More...]

Is “Fifty Shades of Grey” a Step Backward for Feminism?

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Anyone who has been paying attention to the popular culture buzz knows that the book, “Fifty Shades of Grey” was one of the biggest hits in erotic fiction in years. And now it’s coming to the silver screen on, of all days, Valentine’s Day. Of course, there’s the obvious voyeuristic intrigue of seeing good looking [Read More...]

When love with limits isn’t love at all: thoughts on exclusion in a time for inclusion

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While I’m hard working on following Jesus – My Jesus Project – I’ve invited my friend Adam Phillips to share his most recent Sojourners article. Adam is a new church planter for an Evangelical Covenant church in Portland. However, when they were questioned by their denomination about being welcoming of LGBTQ people, it was suggested [Read More...]


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