Forgiveness and Social Justice

Does Christ's command to love our enemies and bless those who curse us place especially heavy burdens on the marginalized and disadvantaged?On its face the answer is obviously "yes." The more vulnerable you are to others' abuse of power, the more they will hurt you and the more you will have to forgive. Women so often appear as icons of forgiveness in men's stories (last point) because we are more vulnerable to them than they are to one another.This is part of the reason for something … [Read more...]

“To the Mean Stranger Who Judged My Parenting Abilities… Thank You”: KidsPost.Au

powerful: ...It was not too long after, I witnessed a scene in the cereal aisle of the grocery store. A woman was standing there watching her son flip out, doing nothing to control the situation. He was maybe four and was sitting on the floor screaming at the top of his lungs with his hands over his ears rocking back and fourth. As she stood there watching, a man walked by and scoffed at her. He was trying to maneuver his cart around the screaming child. He said to her, “Lady, control your kid. … [Read more...]

“Up Close”: Rabbi Ayelet Cohen and Me on The Jewish Channel

interviewalicious!and podcast version etc here … [Read more...]

I’m Speaking in Brooklyn and Philadelphia

COME AND GAWK.Brooklyn: This Sunday, 1 pm, at the Oratory Church of St Boniface, I'll be on a panel of Catholic bloggers. The others are my fellow Patheosi Elizabeth Scalia, Tom Zampino, and Lisa Mladinich.Philadelphia: On Tuesday, March 17 I'll be speaking at Eastern University on Gay Catholic Whatnot. Details... uh, tba, follow me on Twitter. Sorry! Anyway I hope to see some of you there.And sorry there's been relatively little writing here recently! Mister Ed will never speak … [Read more...]

“Owning Our Faith”: I’m in a Video About LGBT Catholic Life

I did not name this! Also wow, I need a haircut. Anyway you can watch the teaser for a forthcoming longer video here; there will also be things like Scripture references on the website as it expands. … [Read more...]

Beyond Sexual Identity: Not Whether But How

Gay, straight, heterosexual, homosexual: All these terms have a history, all represent the fears and desires of specific cultures and moments, and all will eventually be superseded. In a hundred years I don't think people in their flying cars, with their marriages to toasters, will be calling themselves gay or straight. The conflict over sexuality which has so deeply marked not only personal identity but (tragically) the identities of our churches will be replaced--probably replaced by other … [Read more...]

“Welcome to Gibtown, The Last ‘Freakshow’ Town in America”: The Guardian

on the social construction and theology of disability, sort of: For those who didn’t quite fit elsewhere, Gibtown was a utopia. Its first settlers, the Giant, and his wife, the Half-Woman, ran a campsite, a bakeshop and the fire department. The post office catered to little people with extra-low counters, and the beer hall had custom-built chairs for the Fat Ladies and the Tallest Man. Special zoning regulations allowed residents to keep and train exotic animals in their gardens. Siamese-twin s … [Read more...]


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