Digital Detox

I have so many wonderful things I want to share with y’all via the interwebs this weekend but it is time to give myself a digital time-out. Maybe a weekend, maybe a week, maybe 30 days. Because of the constant stream of hateful email, private messages and blog comments I experience throughout the week I’m getting [Read More…]

You can do better Candler

Yesterday I attended chapel at Candler School of Theology as part of a response to the dean’s unfortunate and painful decision to celebrate intolerance of LGBT people. Leaders of Sacred Worth and other students had invited folks to wear red and show solidarity with those children of God that the United Methodist Church still believes are incompatible with [Read More…]

Should family members of homosexuals be expelled from church?

An open letter to Gary Massey, personal injury attorney and pulpit preacher at Mountain Creek Church of Christ, Chattanooga, TN Dear Gary, I recently watched your sermon entitled “Should family members of homosexuals be expelled from church?” as delivered to Mountain Creek Church of Christ in Chattanooga, TN last month. I am writing as a sister [Read More…]

Praying for Peace with Pope Francis

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.” Matthew 5:9   Gracious and loving God we turn our faces to you as our eyes search for truth in these kaleidoscopic days fractured with conflict and confusion. Prince of peace unfurl our clenched fists that our hands may reach for our [Read More…]

A scourged soul and a loamy heart

Some days I write a coarse passage plucked from the scarred landscape of a scourged soul. Some days I write a tender verse lifted from the loamy soil of a hopeful heart. Some days the words move through me. Some days the words move in spite of me. I am grateful for the grace extended [Read More…]

Letting her go – with a little help from my friends

In all my time blogging I rarely if ever mention the names of my children or wife.  This is as much for their protection as it is about a respect for their way of figuring out how to live into this crazy thing we call family. And though it feels like I am taking a [Read More…]

Sex Slam, Smoked Oysters & Saintly Neighbors: Wild Goose 2013

By this point I imagine most of y’all are sick of hearing about how amazing Wild Goose 2013 was but I am going to to add my voice to the chorus of praise being heard around the blogosphere. I waited a week to put down in words my reflection because I needed to understand if [Read More…]

I see you

I see you in all your strength and in your weakness I see you in all your beauty and in your mess I see you in all your certitude and in your doubt I see you in all your courage and in your fear I see you when you are clothed in pride and when [Read More…]

Looking back, looking forward: a year of big gay blogging on Patheos

You know how when some TV show writers are feeling a bit of the old writers block and they throw together a “retrospective” episode  flashing back to the scenes that got the most laughs or tears?  Well this post is a little like that except it’s not so much writer’s block as having so many posts [Read More…]

Owning our cray-cray so it doesn’t own us

There are bears lurking all hot and hungry in the woods and there ancient alligators gliding sure and slow under the surface waiting to lunge and consume. The Spanish moss hangs in haunting swags and spidery tendrils.   In my canoe, poling alone, weighed down with tatty packs full of wadded up anxiety shoved in amongst moth-eaten [Read More…]