Good Friday Pop Quiz: Who Killed Jesus?

I did. I do. If Borg and Crossan are right, and I hang my theological hat on the hunch that they are, that “the execution of Jesus was virtually inevitable. Not because of divine necessity, but because of human inevitability…” and that “Jesus did not die for the sins of the world. The language of substitutionary sacrifice [Read More…]

A prayer in times of perpetual violence

Oh God! It has happened. My heart is numb as I learn of evil unleashed by your Children. Again. Open my heart, Wounded One that I may feel. Again. Oh God! It has happened. My eyes are dry as I watch images of your Children shredded by violence. Again. Open my eyes Compassionate One that [Read More…]

Homophobia in the doctor’s office

Over two years ago I posted about the fear I carry when visiting the doctor, especially when taking my children to receive health care. I hear all the time, from otherwise well-meaning folks, that things are getting better so I have nothing to really be afraid of. Actually, friends, the more things change, the more [Read More…]

A queer quandary for Ash Wednesday

So, this coming Wednesday is Ash Wednesday and oddly enough for this Baptist raised, UCC livin’, progressive/process/liberation/feminist/queer theological mutt, it is a highly significant day in my yearly walk with Jesus. For those of you unfamiliar with the Christian calendar, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a Christian season of fasting and prayer leading up to Easter. Ash Wednesday services are somber events [Read More…]

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 [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 [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 [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. [Read More…]

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 [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 [Read More…]


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