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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 an compelling exhibit protesting solitary c … [Read More...]


Friends do not “think differently” about my humanity or “disagree” about my sacred worth

Every week, hell, nearly every day, I get called out in public or private on Facebookistan about my refusal to maintain "friendships" on Facebook with people who think differently than me or have a different opinion than me -ABOUT ME.It just doesn't make a lick of sense to me but like the fool I apparently am, I keep tryin' to 'splain it real plain like.Here is a real conversation, that happened in my Facebook inbox, today.Meet Julie.  Julie Rambow: Are you heterophobic? I t … [Read More...]

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An open letter to Senator Jason Rapert

So it looks like yet another ill-informed or fear-mongering politician is playing the "religious freedom" card in a very unique way. According to Arkansas Times, it seems he said Jason Rapert said this (just an snippet of the fabulous tantrum) about the 12th annual gay Pride parade in the town of Conway, AR ."This is truly one of the most offensive public displays against Christians you will find anywhere in our state and especially offensive because they have specifically chosen Sunday to t … [Read More...]


Regarding Evangelical Tony Campolo’s “acceptance” of gay, Christian couples

Today, Dr. Tony Campolo, an evangelical speaker and author (well known to the evangelical crowd) released a statement regarding his official change of heart and mind regarding gay couples and their acceptance in the church. In his post he says: “While I have always tried to communicate grace and understanding to people on both sides of the issue, my answer to that question has always been somewhat ambiguous. One reason for that ambiguity was that I felt I could do more good for my gay and les … [Read More...]


Regarding the Duggars – are you part of the problem or part of the solution?

Hell's bells, y'all, I really didn't want to end my blogging sabbatical and start up writing again on a stomach-churning, blood-pressure raising, angry-eyes note but damnit, the news of the Duggar disgrace continues to unfurl, so - here we are.I am worried to pieces about the girls who were repeatedly sexually assaulted and who now seem to be little more than flotsam to the very people who scream loudest about family values.I am pissed as hell at a couple of parents who willfully sacri … [Read More...]


Thin places in liminal spaces

It seems that a lot of us spend a lifetime careening out of the last thing and crashing clumsily into the next thing by crudely duct-taping a series of ragged overlaps from one experience to the next.  The trouble is, we're often so hungover from the heartbreak of yesterday and so thirsty for the ecstasy of tomorrow that we are utterly unable to savor the simple sweetness of today.But right now, no matter how I thrash, beg, cajole, smile demurely or petulantly demand, I just can't seem to for … [Read More...]


Eastertide sabbatical

Happy Easter, dear friends. Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed!In this season of resurrection and renewal it is time for me to step away from the seemingly never ending fight to have my sacred worth recognized and my humanity acknowledged by those whose hearts are still enslaved by ignorance, fear, loathing and power-hungry religiosity.So, between now and Pentecost I am taking a digital sabbatical and stepping away from blogging, commenting on other blogs, engaging in any discussion … [Read More...]


So you’re getting straight-married…again?

Someone very dear to me called the other day to say that she and her boyfriend are talking about getting married. She was brimming with so much joy and excitement that I practically felt the sunlight of her happiness radiating through the phone and I swear I saw a flock of doves take flight on the bright blue horizon of her hope.My heart rejoiced with her. I really am over-the-moon happy for anyone who finds love, especially the kind of love that makes them feel wanted, safe, respected and … [Read More...]


You’re invited to dinner

Extravagance UCC Dinner Church Sunday, March 29, 2015 6 p.m. EST/5 p.m. CST/4 p.m. MST/3 p.m. PST Sunday Dinner and church have gone together for a long time. But, not quite like this. Extravagance UCC’s Dinner Church takes the best of your grandmother’s Sunday meal —the mashed potatoes, the mac and cheese, the pie …and infuses it with prayer, music and fellowship with your family of choice (both in person and online).Extravagance ministers Kimberly Knight and Nicole Havelka will gather s … [Read More...]

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Casting the first stone

I've been thinking a lot about the arrest of judge Roy Moore's son. Did you hear about it? According to the police department in Troy, Alabama, Chief Justice Roy Moore's son Caleb, who is 24, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana after a run-in with police in the wee small hours of Sunday, March 15.Judge Moore quickly closed ranks and had no comment to share with the public about his son's arrest. My first impulse was to do a lit … [Read More...]