Christian, Post-Christian – A book I think you’ll like

Sometime this past April I told you that I can no longer comfortably call myself a Christian. "...I am tired. I am tired of begging for scraps from the table. I am tired of begging to borrow an ounce of grace from the money changers in the temple.  I am tired of being a pawn in the Christian culture wars. I believe in grace and I have faith in the Incarnation but I need to step away from the riot gear clad protectors of the faith who are pretending to be mediators of truth.  It is time. … [Read More...]


The blasphemy of a homophobic Jesus

Well my goodness, it would seem that yet another "pastor" in yet another "Christian" church has found his 15 minutes of fame on the interwebs by intentionally whipping up theologically inaccurate, fear based, power hungry homophobia. Get a load of this little diddy as reported by Raw Story A pastor of a large Southern Baptist church near Chattanooga, Tennessee said this week that Christians would never repent for discriminating against gay people like they had for racism because … [Read More...]


My life is not a rumspringa for your heterosexual lifestyle

Ugh, dating is weird.Sharing it with y'all is even weirder, I know. But if Anne Lamott can blog about her year on Match.com then I suppose it's fair game for any goober running her mouth out here to explore some of the funkier parts of this stage of life. That and I imagine, in my ridiculously idealistic head, that in our kinship we have something to learn from the foibles of our freakier friends and family. (<---me)In the nine months since the collapse of my marriage I've had the o … [Read More...]


10 things NOT on my homosexual agenda

There are many things on my big ole queer agenda this week, things like -  waking up at stupid o'clock every day, reading in the wee small hours, writing until time to get ready for work, working at a job I love, helping kids with homework, walking my dog, folding laundry, washing dishes, making mistakes, saying sorry when I screw up, praying, going to church, maybe drink a couple ice coffees and grab a dinner with friends.  But just to be clear, there are a few things NOT on my homosexual a … [Read More...]


A Recipe for Spiritual But Not Religious

This evening I am introducing a new series - my contribution to the "Meet the Nones" meme out there .  I have been mulling over (uh, stewing furtively about) an in-depth response to a particular author/pastor from within my own tradition for quite a while.  Back in 2011 Lillian Daniel posted  "Spiritual but Not Religious? Please Stop Boring Me" on Huffington Post and I was shocked, dismayed and saddened by how utterly un-pastoral and alienating this post was. Rather than demonstrating a s … [Read More...]


An unhinged heart in an f’d up world

Some of y'all know that I lead a weekly, online spiritual practice as the Minister of Digital Community with Extravagance UCC.  A couple of you even know that I've been leading online worship in one form or another for about 8 years now.Often, as we settle in for our time of worship, I will lift up the same prayer.Gracious and loving God, oil the hinges of our hearts' doors that they may swing gently and widely to welcome you.Apparently God was a little heavy handed with the dam … [Read More...]


Mamma, why you gotta be so gay on Facebook?

We had just lit a candle, said a blessing and were passing around the broken bread for all at the table to share when we began talking about our respective days. The kids had been about the business of getting the most out of the last days of their summer vacation (we go back to school sinfully early in Georgia) and I had been engaged in the regular ins and outs of working for the college I love, writing for the blog I adore, posting on Facebook frequently (the kids say obsessively) everything … [Read More...]


Bible Character Bingo!

So one of those inane "which type of underwear are you?" quizzes floated across my radar the other day and finally caught my attention. Although I've passed up the scintillating "Which Disney Prince Would Be Your One True Love?" and the self abusive "Which Wedding Dress Style is Right for You", I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to find out Which Bible Character I Am. After taking the 8-question quiz from folks at QuizSocial it was determined that I am Jonah.  Along with the name I was … [Read More...]


10 Ways MY religious freedom is under attack

My religious freedom to love my neighbor is under attack by your religious freedom to despise him.My religious freedom to welcome the stranger is under attack by your religious freedom to deny them.My religious freedom to alleviate suffering is under attack by your religious freedom to create it.My religious freedom to be led by a woman is under attack by your religious freedom to silence her.My religious freedom to protect creation is under attack by your religious freedom to … [Read More...]


“Christian right” – are you ready to put your money where your faith is?

On July 21, President Obama signed an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT employees. The order amends existing non-discrimination executive orders to include sexual orientation and gender identity. The order contains no additional religious exemptions beyond those already contained in existing executive orders.And of course the power brokers of the Christian right, represented and whipped into a frenzy by the Fox (NOT)News goobers are hollering, … [Read More...]