Christians *Should* Apologize to Gays, and Gays to Christians

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The recent closing of Exodus International, a Christian ministry dedicated to helping people overcome same-sex attraction; and the apology to the gay community from the organization’s president, Alan Chambers, have spawned a rousing theological discourse in defense and/or condemnation of this organization’s evolution.A (gay) friend of mine and I navigated this minefield over 10 years ago in the spring of 2001 at the invitation of two students (one gay, one Christian) from Tufts University. My … [Read more...]

It’s Not Always About Pain, Nor Can It Be

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I write today wearied by my own recent posts. I have been writing about divorce, which many have thanked me for and resonated with. I'm glad I can lend a word of solidarity to the hurting. Even so, in the end, the pain of my divorce must not define me or my platform and I must find a way to recreate myself outside the complex emotional minefield that attends any kind of devastation. I am asking God to help me pray for those whom I have felt betrayed by. I am asking God to forgive me my failings … [Read more...]

Julian Assange ~ Still Waiting

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Since June 2012 Julian Assange has been holed up in Ecuador's Embassy in London. In a recent post, I articulated why "we need" Julian Assange.  In this post, I have excerpted directly from Assange's website, which answers questions that many in public may entertain about who this man is and why he has commanded international scorn or devotion.I believe that people of faith, people of conscience, and most importantly, journalists, need to do their best to understand Assange's … [Read more...]

When Divorce Is a Moral Imperative ~ Part 2

In my previous post I ended on the disheartening note that, after the failed attempt at marital counseling, I felt left on my own as to how to proceed and that the Kingdom of God was at stake. I was wrong on both counts. Help came to me surprisingly from two unexpected sources.The first was God, whom I assumed had consigned a certain level of purgatory for pastor's wives--the price to be paid for the salvation of others through the ministrations of their husbands. I shook my fist at God over … [Read more...]

When Divorce Is a Moral Imperative ~ Part 1

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 It has been 10 years since my divorce. I was married to a pastor. Our marriage ended after 24 years. I am no longer my ex-husband's wife. He has another wife and he also has another church. But this does not disqualify me from knowing the truth of what it takes to be married to pastor and why so many of these marriages fall apart in time.I am discovering that whenever I write or blog about the intractable dilemma of a Christian marriage ending in divorce, or -- more to the … [Read more...]

The Hidden Life of Clare of Assisi

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The hidden life of Clare of Assisi (119-[something] to 1253) is forever bound to that of Saint Francis of Assisi (1182-1226), though Clare was a force unto herself who cast her own light and left a unique echo. I have already written a book about Francis (A Mended and Broken Heart, 2008, Basic Books) and have now turned my thoughts to Clare--the medieval feminine expression of Francis' spiritual vision. She has a lot she can teach today's women because she was -- as Hillary Clinton recently … [Read more...]

Why We Need Julian Assange

Julian Assange at the center of the storm of our time

 Nancy. Ben. Suzanne. Carol. Chris. Larry. Jon. Aleesha. And Matt. These are the people I have spoken with on my Verizon phone in the past two weeks -- the last two being a representatives from Verizon. I called Aleesha, who referred me to Matt,  to try and determine if my phone number and its associated records was among the tens of millions that have been surveilled by court order by the National Security Agency (NSA). (Aleesha and Matt had no information about it and asked if I was … [Read more...]


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