“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...]

St. Odysseus and St. Antaeus

A while ago I asked the wild world of Twitter what it wanted me to talk about, w/r/t the concept of vocation. One response was basically, "What's the difference between discernment of vocation and navel-gazing?" That's a pretty great question; the boring answer is probably "prudence" just like with everything else (BORING), but let me see if I have a bit more to say about it than that.The "emerging adulthood" model, which has all kinds of economic, social, & … [Read more...]

“Odd-Numbered Hospitality”: Wesley Hill

writes: ...What strikes me, in retrospect, is how easy it would have been for her to have invited mainly other single people to her after-church meals. With other single guests, there would have been more opportunity to talk about common interests and habits, and she certainly could have avoided some of the messes that young children create. But I’m grateful she didn’t, because I now have at least one strong, happy memory of it seeming like the most normal thing in the world for a single person … [Read more...]

“All the Single Laity”: My Terrible Pun at CNA

Writers often don't write their own headlines, but this one is all my fault: “It is not good that the man should be alone.”Being alone is the first thing God pronounces “not good,” after so many proclamations of the goodness of His creation. And yet being alone is an increasingly common condition in American life. The latest Census data found that over a quarter of Americans lived alone, up from 17 percent in 1970. Marriages happen later and less frequently than they used to. Catholic parish … [Read more...]

“All the Celibate Ladies?”: I ask a question

about language and singleness/celibacy, at Spiritual Friendship: Last week I had a great lunch w/another gay Christian woman. We differ pretty strongly on how one follows Christ, both in terms of communion/church (she’s a Protestant) and, relatedly, in terms of chastity. But the difference which I found most striking wasn’t a difference in belief; it was our respective emotional responses to some of the terms people use to describe “my side” of the Christian discussion of sexual orientation and … [Read more...]

“Monk Takes Devotion to New Heights”…

...by sitting on them. … [Read more...]


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