Adventist “Holy Sexuality Conference” cancelled

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UPDATE: Further clarification from the South England Conference of Seventh-day Adventists below----My former denomination continues to make headlines, though not in the way they'd like, I think. Ben Carson has been saying things like homosexuality "absolutely" is a choice. Though he later apologized I don't think he suddenly changed his mind. It's more like the apology I used to offer my parents: I'm sorry I got caught. Or worse, I'm sorry some people were offended. The classic … [Read more...]

Los Angeles Adventist Forum

I will be speaking to a relatively small group of people who are members of the Association of Adventist Forums chapter in Los Angeles. These are primarily progressive Seventh-day Adventists who I have known for several years. This conversation will have a decidedly Adventist bent to it so if that's your background or current home, you might find this conversation especially relevantThis event is limited to about 50 people and space is going fast to please RSVP to to … [Read more...]

Can progressive religion claim the center?

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During the long and interesting conversation around the relative merits of NALT Christians, the larger issues of "progressive Christianity" came up. Many Christians expressed that they are involved in NALT because they want to combat the notion that all Christians are anti-LGBT. Like the It Gets Better project, participants make videos expressing their faith in progressive and inclusive ways.In the midst of that conversation I read a very interesting piece on Religion Dispatches by my friend … [Read more...]

Interview at Old Piano with Sincere Kirabo

Today over at Old Piano blog, Sincere KIrabo published an interview he did with me a couple of weeks ago. I appreciated the questions he asked as they prompted me to think about a few issues I hadn't expressed in quite this way.-----------SINCERE KIRABO: Many things are expected of a pastor of a church. He or she is the leader of the flock, a phrase which evokes allusions to lowly creatures, a congregated collective steeped in groupthink, seemingly oblivious to an existence beyond the … [Read more...]

You are stardust and to stardust you will return: Lent for atheists

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Lent has been the most meaningful season of the year for me for the past 10 years and I don’t want to give it up. Ash Wednesday in particular. Twice on this day—morning and evening—I would place ashes on the foreheads of those who gathered, with the words, “You are dust, and to dust you shall return.”It was also the season of the year in which I would garner the harshest criticism from my co-religionists, earning me more than one visit to my supervisor’s office over the years. You see, Sevent … [Read more...]