Why this Christian lesbian was not at the Gay Christian Network Conference

I am hearing truly wonderful news of love and warmth and transformative experiences coming from the Gay Christian Network conference this past week. Let me say, before I get a bit rant-tacular, that I am immensely grateful for the many hearts, minds and bodies that were embraced, maybe some for the first time ever, at the GCN event.Folks have asked why I was not there. To be get right to the point, it's the whole GCN "Great Debate" and the Side B shenanigans. I just can't get past it. Maybe … [Read More...]


Advent Reflection in a Time of Terror: God is Waiting for US

Advent is the season between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day where Christians mark the days of darkness waiting for the In-Breaking of Peace, waiting for the Incarnation of Love. It is a season for lighting candles in the darkness because we believe Emmanuel, God With Us, will soon shed the light of eternal love and justice on every dark corner of the world.Now more than ever it seems like every day, all year 'round is Advent. Aren’t we all waiting for something to change?Every time ano … [Read More...]


Franklin Graham is right, there is sin in homosexuality

The other day Franklin Graham, in a self-righteous, power-coveting, ignorance-laced, fear-inducing rant on Facebook garnered over 147,000 likes, 58,000 shares and 18,000 comments by with a post about the sin of homosexuality.And after much soul searching, prayer and study I've decided it's time for me to tell the truth about the sin of homosexuality.Now hang on, I’m not saying what you may think I’m saying or what the Franklin Fundiepants might hope I’d be saying.Not even close.Th … [Read More...]


ALL are welcome – and by all we mean some

The other day on the vast, rolling sea that is Facebook, I saw and reshared an image originally shared by Mark Sandlin who is an ordained PC (USA) minister, co-host at The Moonshine Jesus Show, blogger at Patheos and The Huffington Post. Copyright As of this writing, 99 folks signaled their approval with their god-given, handy-dandy thumbs-up. Only one seemingly lost fellah registered his disapproval with the following statement:Wayne asked, "Why? Opposition to homosexual marriage does not … [Read More...]

Phyllis Tickle

Farewell Phyllis

I met Phyllis Tickle at a conference about 10 years ago and we struck up a conversation about the work I was doing creating online church in Second Life. She was immediately fascinated and wanted me to create an avatar for her to explore the digital world. Later, she did indeed log in and wander around the weird little world of online church with complete and utter openness to the reality of virtual community. After that, every time I would see her at one Emergent event after another, she would e … [Read More...]


Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome: A book review

It seems nearly every week we hear another report about the demise of the church. Just Google the term "leaving church" and you'll get about 169,000,000 search results. For real, go try it. Posts range from why are people leaving, how to leave well, why not to leave, to to win members back and why those who have left aren't missing anything and have no interest in returning - ever.What many of these posts boil down to is that the church has hurt a lot of people who just can't stomach … [Read More...]


My cup runneth over

If you've read my blog recently or happen to be one of the unfortunate souls being subjected to my endlessly sappy Facebook feed, it should be pretty clear by now that I've lost my damn mind and fallen head over heels in love. I promise to return you to our regularly scheduled programming of exploring the intersection of being queer and Christian, speaking truth to power and other justice shaningating but for at least one more post…sigh :)As a woman of faith, it pains me to confess that I di … [Read More...]


What happens when two women walk into a South Texas courthouse to get a marriage license ?

About three days after the love imbued, justice bent, paradigm shifting decision of the Supreme Court of the United States welcoming same-sex couples into the covenant of marriage, I finally found my grown-up words amidst the heavenly chorus of joy and the clamoring cacophony of vitriol.In that post and in subsequent Facebook conversations I extended an invitation. What I wanted and still want is to carry with and for you the searing pain lashing otherwise beaming hearts as fundamentalists of … [Read More...]


A response to 40 questions for Christians now waving rainbow flags

An open letter to Kevin DeYoung of the Gospel Coalition Hi Kevin,You likely don't know me but I wanted to respond to your carefully thought-out blog post "40 Questions for Christians Now Waving Rainbow Flags” over at the Gospel Coalition.I really appreciate the time you put into thinking through some challenging questions to which a few folks have already offered cogent, faithful responses.I like this one by R.L. Stoller.And this one by Buzz Dixon is real cool, too.[update] - … [Read More...]

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Oh Happy Day!

On Friday, June 26, 2015 I was in Cleveland, OH setting up for a week of hanging out with a couple thousand of my Christian sisters in brothers in the United Church of Christ. People were puttering in the conference exhibit hall setting up various booths one might expect to find at a national church conference. Local church ministries, Sunday school supplies, clergy vestments, competing seminary admission counselors, creation care exhibits and even a compelling exhibit protesting solitary c … [Read More...]