Out of the Closets and Into the Pews!

My piece for AmCon on gay Christians coming out is online! Coming out of the closet is the simplest tool of the gay movement, yet it’s proven to be the most powerful and even the most spiritually profound. On the political side, Pew Research data this year found that knowing someone who is gay was the most common reason people switched to supporting gay marriage, and the percentage of people who know someone openly gay has risen over 25 points since 1993.But on a more personal level, coming … [Read more...]

Nice mention in The Irish Catholic!

...Even aside from the sad fact that Catholics have often used the Church’s teaching as an excuse for cruelty and prejudice, there are many problems. Why is it that we only ever hear homilies about two lifelong vocations, marriage and the priesthood? Why are gay men and women so often spoken about as political opponents rather than people? Why do some orthodox Catholics still scoff at the idea of homophobia and acts like anti-gay bullying is nothing to worry about?When reading the ‘New Hom … [Read more...]

“A Queer Calling”: Blog which may be of interest to many of you

"Reflections on the experience of a celibate, LGBT, Christian couple." … [Read more...]

Can the Church Imagine a Future for Gay Christians?: Matthew Franklin Jones

writes: ...For most of my college career I was haunted by a singular image that I thought would define the entirety of my existence: When I closed my eyes I saw, I felt, myself closing the door to a cold and dark apartment, entirely empty, devoid of anyone who would witness my life and show me that I was known and loved. The frozen silence of it all was terrifying.That I thought this was my inescapable future after a lifetime of sermons and biblical education is unequivocally depressing. … [Read more...]

The Further Adventures of Melinda Selmys

I have many friends who loved Melinda Selmys's 2009 book, Sexual Authenticity: An Intimate Reflection on Homosexuality and Catholicism, in which she explored the philosophical issues arising from her own shift from lesbian atheist to married Catholic mom. It did not work for me at all. I admit that I am probably overly-harsh on Gay Catholic Whatnot. I wrote my own book--forthcoming Fall 2014 from Ave Maria Press, GET EXCITED--because nobody else had yet written the book I wanted to read. But I … [Read more...]

“Coming Out Christian”: I’m in The American Conservative

this month, talking about how the growing presence of openly gay Christians who accept the historical Christian teaching on sexuality is changing our churches. I think it's a provocative and exciting story (I mean, I would!), and it includes the money quote (not from me), "I think if there's no homosexual couples going to your church that's probably a bad sign. You're probably not having a reputation for actually being Jesus." Plus, no joke, a Kristin Lavransdatter shout-out. None of it is … [Read more...]

“Oriented to Love: A Dialogue About Sexual Diversity in the Church,” Feb 6 – 8, 2014: Apply Now!

Many of my readers may be interested in this: We are looking for a group of no more than a dozen people to participate in an in-depth dialogue around the issue of sexual diversity in the church. The event will be held from Thursday evening, Feb.6, to Saturday noon, Feb. 8, at a retreat center in the Philadelphia area.The two main requirements for participation in this dialogue are an open heart and a committed faith in Christ. We need the group to be as diverse as it is small. Since th … [Read more...]


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