Singing in the Shadow of Pulse – Dies Irae

This post is the second of a three part cycle on the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses Festival 2016. Part One is here. Part Three is here. It’s the end of the second full day of the GALA Festival, and I’m angry. GALA – the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses – was formed in 1983 in [Read More…]

Singing in the Shadow of Pulse – Lacrimosa

This post is the first of a three part cycle on the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses Festival 2016. Part Two is here. Part Three is here. As they walk onto a stage bathed in rainbow light, we stand. 60 or so singers dressed in black pants and vests, white shirtsleeves completing their funereal look. On the breast [Read More…]

The Issue that Dare Not Speak Its Name

As a gay man, interfaith coalition work often requires uncomfortable compromises. [Read more…]

Unitarian Universalist Association Betrays Humanists, Atheists, and Agnostics

Last week the Unitarian Universalist Association – the national organization which represents all Unitarian Universalist churches in the USA, some of which are Humanist congregations, and many of which include significant numbers of Humanists – renewed ties with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), praising the recent changes they have made to policies regarding gay boy scouts [Read More…]

What Would You Live For? A Reflection on Martyrdom for Easter

This is an extract from one of my Platform Addresses (think sermons) at the Ethical Society of St. Louis. You can listen to the full Address here. A few years ago I attended a conference at Harvard, and at that conference was a panel of activists who had been making their names fighting for various different [Read More…]

Free Speech 1: What Are Rights?

This is the first post in a series exploring the concept of free speech and its relationship to political protest, particularly relevant to recent discussions regarding the disruption by protesters of Donald Trump rallies. Is a protest which disrupts a political rally an infringement of free speech, or an expression of it? Or is it [Read More…]

Bernie Has Already Won His Revolution

With the votes all counted from the “Ides of March,” it’s clear that Bernie Sanders’ hopes for the Democratic Presidential nomination are all but dashed. Few commentators now believe he has more than a slim chance of victory, and the Democratic nominee for President is now overwhelmingly likely to be Hillary Clinton. Most Sanders supporters I know [Read More…]