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terms have a history, all represent the fears and desires of specific cultures and moments, and all will eventually be superseded.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...]

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“What I’ve Learned As a Gay Catholic”: I’m at LifeTeen

doin' my thing: ...So far I’ve only written about what you as an individual gay Christian might be called to do. But we are all responsible for one another; and Catholic communities often fail in their responsibilities to their gay members. We need a critical obedience, which takes the Church as Mother and guide but stands in solidarity with all the people harmed by Christians. I have friends who were bullied in Catholic schools, who were forced or pressured into damaging “reparative therapy,” w … [Read more...]

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“Should I Attend the Wedding of a Gay Friend or Family Member?”: Now open to non-subscribers

at Christianity Today:When I became a Christian, most of my friends and family were baffled and disappointed. They could not understand why I was subjecting myself to a repressive falsehood. Sure, the church’s paintings are nice, but what about the ethics? That’s why it was so moving to me that my best friend came to my baptism. She gamely let the priests shake holy water over her; she kept a wry, silent smile on her face while everybody else renounced Satan. I was under no illusion that she … [Read more...]

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“Icons in Transformation”: Ludmila Pawlowska

Powerful images of the Passion. … [Read more...]

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Voices from the Fire: Medieval Jewish Martyr Laments

Part of my Lenten reading was Susan L. Einbinder's Beautiful Death: Jewish Poetry and Martyrdom in Medieval France. It's a very readable adapted thesis which makes a few arguments--for example, that Jewish martyr laments shifted over time from proclaiming God's covenant with the community, to depicting individual transformation of the martyrs; that the laments shift from emphasizing demographic diversity to exalting scholars as a sort of martyr elite; and that the laments show the degree to … [Read more...]

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“Punk Rocker Rescues Ancient Christian Music”

I keep forgetting to post this: ...He quickly began to focus on Aleppo, the largest city in Syria and home to many of its Jews, as well as its Syriac Orthodox and Armenian Christians. The city, which may be one of the oldest continuously settled places in the world, has also seen the most destruction of any Syrian city in the present conflict.The music he documented has, in many cases, never been written down, much less recorded with professional equipment. Some of the hymns date back … [Read more...]

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“Jesuits Offer Spiritual Retreats for the Homeless”

from Jesuits.org: It all began in Chicago in 1998 when Jesuit Father Bill Creed was asked by his provincial to find a way to make the Spiritual Exercises available to the economically disadvantaged. Along with Ed Shurna, executive director of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Fr. Creed developed a format for providing Ignatian retreats to men and women who are homeless and in recovery from addiction.Today the Ignatian Spirituality Project (ISP) is a national network with overnight … [Read more...]

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