“Religious and Gay: A Catholic-Mormon Dialogue,” Part 2

posted: What cultural, theological, scriptural, or ritual elements of your faith have you found particularly helpful in your experience as a gay Catholic/Mormon? Have these faith-based resources helped you approach the underaddressed questions you’ve recently mentioned; if so, how? more (I'd talk a bit differently about models of celibacy if I were writing this now--as you may have noticed, monastic models have sort of simmered up in my mind lately) … [Read more...]

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What We See: Some Thoughts on Julie Rodgers’s Resignation from Wheaton

Earlier this week Julie Rodgers posted a characteristically forthright and gentle explanation of her shift in belief: "Though I’ve been slow to admit it to myself, I’ve quietly supported same-sex relationships for a while now." This is why she's just resigned from her post with evangelical Wheaton College's chaplaincy. The post touches on some of the topics that have shadowed my conversation with Justin Lee, and which I plan to return to in my final post in our dialogue, including the way that Ch … [Read more...]

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The Future of Gay Catholics

I am not the best person to contribute to a symposium on "The Future of Catholicism" because while I believe in Catholicism, I don't really believe in the future. I have the predictive ability of this Time magazine cover.So instead of doing predictions I'll briefly sketch out my dream scenario, and my nightmare. I'M SORRY THIS IS SO LONG.The dream: The challenge of shepherding gay and same-sex attracted Catholics has forced us to rediscover hidden treasures of our faith. Ordinary … [Read more...]

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“Religious and Gay, A Catholic-Mormon Dialogue: Part One”

I'm in this! Sometime at church in the past two weeks, local Mormons leaders across the country read aloud a letter addressing the Church’s response to the Supreme Court’s recent decision on same-sex marriage. [fn1] In my own ward, one person asked a question that has become more and more salient: what about gay Mormons who wish to remain Mormon?Unfortunately, at present there are few good answers to this question. Today in my congregation, the answer given was that gay Mormons are no differ … [Read more...]

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“Thirteen Songs About Forgiveness”: Mockingbird

with some images of how to do it, when you need to: ...Given its origin in the blues, rock n roll, and pop music more generally, comes by its emotional palette honestly: desire, frustration, hurt, despair, sadness, anger—these are the primary colors of the form. There are gazillions of songs that plead for a second chance (“I Want You Back”), gazillions of songs of repentance and regret. There are gazillions more about standing one’s ground, about enough being enough. But forgiveness itself is d … [Read more...]

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“Infidelity, Love, And the New Shame”: David Zahl

at Mockingbird: Just dove into Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg’s Modern Romance, and have to say, it’s pretty great. Funny yet with a surprising amount of meat on its bones. As mentioned the other day, the book’s primary interest lies in exploring 1. the unspoken cultural imperative to find a ‘soul mate’ and 2. the resulting anxiety, frustration, and confusion that characterizes modern romance. I was particularly struck by how the word ‘soul mate’ has come to serve as a synonym for savior. A wei … [Read more...]

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“Let’s Talk About Monks, Baby”: More of My Dialogue w/Justin Lee on Relationships for Gay Christians

at Respectful Conversations:I loved a lot of things about Justin's first contribution to this discussion. I'm going to give a kind of slantwise rather than head-on response. First I want to highlight the areas where he is modeling the way this conversation should go. Then I do want to suggest a way in which his approach is still too much shaped by contemporary American culture. And finally I will offer a different angle from which to approach the question.more--I don't love how the third … [Read more...]

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