“Zoning Boards Go Nuclear on Too-Traditional Families”: Me at AltFem

from the Gospels to the Golden Girls: The people in 68 Scarborough St., in Hartford, Conn., make an unlikely band of outlaws. The eight adults and three children live in a 6,000-square-foot house in a wealthy residential neighborhood, and pass their time with family talent shows. A photo of the crew in the Hartford Courant shows a dog in a maroon coat and a record player with actual records.The adults in the house are longtime friends who “intentionally came together as a family,” as one of … [Read more...]

“An Open Conversation on Mixed-Orientation Marriage”

over at Theology in the Raw. Up-front about the suffering they've experienced; also challenging to the churches: We’ve received a lot of well-meaning advice that has turned out to be very harmful, but possibly the worst is to avoid other LGBT people. The assumption and fear is that if Brian befriends another gay man, of course he’ll cheat. While there is wisdom in maintaining some physical, emotional, and relational boundaries, isolating oneself completely is extremely harmful. Brian’s frien … [Read more...]

From Andrew Cherlin, “Labor’s Love Lost: The Rise and Fall of the Working-Class Family in America”

In 1957 a national sample of Americans was asked what they would think of a person if all they knew about him was that he was not married. Several options were presented, and about one-third of the respondents chose "mentally ill." … [Read more...]

Does Working-Class Marriage Need More Progressivism?

Ross Douthat lays out the question:Many optimistic liberals believe not only that such imitation is possible, but that what needs to be imitated most are the most socially progressive elements of the new upper class’s way of life: delayed marriage preceded by romantic experimentation, more-interchangeable roles for men and women in breadwinning and child rearing, a more emotionally open and egalitarian approach to marriage and parenting. The core idea here is that working-class men, in p … [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...]

“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...]

“No One Received Holy Communion”: Fr Gaurav Schroff

blogs: Since I've arrived at my parish (July 2013), all the weddings I've celebrated have been of members of the Spanish-speaking community, I'd say nearly a dozen or more.* Almost all of these have been convalidations. The trend in the Mexican community goes something like this: start dating early, then move in together, live for several years in a union libre [i.e. shacking up], have kids together (3 or 4 is the norm), get a civil marriage once it looks like things are stable, and then, … [Read more...]


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