Ballroom Dancing, Men Made of Honey, And Other Things Prayer Is Like: Leah Libresco’s Book Is Coming!

I love this book, y'all. Go pre-order it! Here's her description of Arriving at Amen: Being a convert and learning to pray is a little bit like studying a foreign language.The trouble is that it’s a lot like studying a foreign language in the new language.It’s hard to even pose a question, when you’re relying on what feels like a pidgin-level of prayer fluency.  So, I wound up cobbling together a creole as best I could, building up my understanding of spiritual life using the tools and a … [Read more...]

“Gay in Christ” Day 2: Rah! Rah! Augustine! Lover of the Holy Queen!

(...I'm so sorry.)This round-up is going to be hampered by the facts that a) I didn't sleep well so my attention span wasn't being all it could LOOK A SQUIRREL, and also b) I left my notes at Wesley Hill's house by mistake. Bear with me.If you want some live-tweeting, Seminary Guy was workin' hard, though his tweets are of course in reverse-chron order.I opened Day 2. I basically wanted to do three things: 1) by listing several different understandings of "vocation" as they've been … [Read more...]

“A Few Thoughts on Celibacy and Socioeconomic Status”: A Queer Calling

opens up a really important area of the conversation: A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I was planning to write a post on celibacy and socioeconomic status. I’ve spent considerable time trying to pull my thoughts together on this topic and have decided that I’d like to explore it in bits and pieces over time. Not much has been written on celibacy and class issues, especially from within the gay Christian blogosphere, so while I see this topic as very important I don’t intend to tackle all of it … [Read more...]

“Gay in Christ: Dimensions of Fidelity”: Notes from Day One

I'm procrastinating from finishing my own presentation by writing up my super-scattered notes from the first three presentations. This is solely the stuff which struck me personally as interesting and isn't intended as a complete picture of the event so far!Ron Belgau (my paraphrase): The Bible doesn't appeal to the Creation narratives to settle questions of scientific curiosity. Genesis 1 is about the liturgical rhythms of work and worship. Genesis 2 is about love, loneliness, and marriage. … [Read more...]

“Gay and Catholic” Book Extra: Bridal Mysticism for the Rest of Us

One of the biggest gaps in the book is its relative silence about prayer. There's a lot about horizontal relationships with other people--even when prayer is mentioned it's often prayer to saints, which is still a horizontal relationship although maybe a tilted one--but not much about the vertical relationship of the human soul to God.This is why e.g. I was so struck by St Gregory of Nyssa's discussion of virginity: For him the vertical relationship is overwhelming, and horizontal … [Read more...]

“Gays, the Church–and forgotten love”: I’m in the New York Post

for those who don't immediately claw out their eyeballs upon reading the word "Synod": Is there a place for gay people in the Catholic Church?This month, 253 Catholic leaders, including heads of national bishops’ conferences, heads of the Eastern Catholic churches and lay married couples, met at the Vatican to discuss how the church can better support and guide families.This first meeting of the “Extraordinary Synod on the Family” discussed tough issues like cohabitation and divorce. It … [Read more...]

“Confessions of a Former Bad Catholic”: A Queer Calling

w/a lot of substance: ...As I thought about this last night, I was taken back to my college and early graduate school days. Without hesitation, I can say that I was a deeply devoted Catholic. I attended Mass almost every day, not out of compulsion but because I woke up each morning with an eagerness to hear that day’s Gospel proclaimed, to be present with the very small daily Mass-going community in my college town, and to be in the same chapel where bread and wine mysteriously became Christ’s B … [Read more...]


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