June 12, 2018

Part One was all about how straight people are wonderful and we would like to be your friends! Part Two is… not about that. Sometimes when I talk about my own experiences of same-sex friendship, I’ll talk about the times when sexual desire transformed, over time, into deep friendship. Most of my friendships with women did not start with crushes (in the words of a t-shirt I spotted at Pride, “I’M BISEXUAL BUT I’M STILL NOT INTO YOU”). But a… Read more

June 12, 2018

I’m speaking at Revoice, a conference in St Louis next month aimed at “supporting, encouraging and empowering LGBT+ Christians so they can flourish while observing the historic, Christian doctrine of marriage and sexuality.” This seems like a good chance to yap a bit about what I see as my main projects w/r/t gay and same-sex attracted people in the churches. The conference has proved controversial and I’ll gesture at oblique replies to some of that controversy, but I don’t want… Read more

May 31, 2018

I’m in America magazine: …At the crucifixion, the two people who confessed Jesus as Lord were a fellow prisoner and the centurion assigned to guard them. From the very beginning, Christ came to deliver not only captives but their guards. And yet today, startlingly few Christian ministries exist to serve those who work in jails and prisons. Chaplains and other Christian volunteers come to visit inmates—following Jesus’ call in Matthew 25:36—but corrections officers are mostly left to handle their spiritual… Read more

May 30, 2018

PEOPLE OF EARTH. On July 26 – 28, I will be in St. Louis for Revoice, a conference on “LGBT flourishing in historic Christian traditions.” If you’re interested in my extremely slowly-progressing book draft, about experiencing God’s tenderness as a gay Christian, you can hear all about it there. But more importantly, you will get to meet a lot of other people in the wonderful and wild community of lgbt people seeking to live in obedience to Christian sexual discipline…. Read more

May 15, 2018

Just finished this excellent 1978 manifesto about contemporary cities’ hostility to children, and I think a lot of people who read my stuff (esp policy wonk types and parents) would love it. Its central points include things like: # Every neglected space will be discovered and used by children. The dangerous, hidden activities of childhood are often the ones we remember most fondly and learn from the most–maybe because they’re the activities in which we exercise the most complete responsibility…. Read more

May 15, 2018

and the broadness of actual Catholic tradition: But given this year’s theme, the limited gender expression was striking. The garments on the red carpet and within the exhibit attest to Catholicism’s major contribution to the world of fashion: clerical wear, from liturgical vestments to everyday cassocks. The prevailing Catholic silhouette is descended from the ancient Greek and Roman tunic. Yet no male celebrity was bold enough to break free of the confines of the standard well-tailored pant. more, including samurai… Read more

May 9, 2018

is playing my song: The immediate response to death in many medieval communities was song. Why? In discourses of the time, music reflected realities beyond the human sphere; it joined the individual soul and the motions of the heavens. The words of the chant Subvenite—recorded above and sung at the moment of death in Klosterneuburg—depict a connection between the earthly and heavenly communities. The music itself would also have been understood to bridge the two realms.  Music was considered capable… Read more

May 6, 2018

I recently watched The Big Chill and Return of the Secaucus 7 one after the other–two films with startlingly similar setups and character notes, but which differ sharply in tone and theme. The Big Chill is this famous awfulfest with Glenn Close, Kevin Kline, Jeff Goldblum and more, as former radicals reunited by the suicide of a member of their friendship group.  But really by the suicide of The Sixties! They spend a weekend at the home of the married… Read more

April 28, 2018

Best one first! Ushpizin: A poor, childless Orthodox Jewish couple in Jerusalem have no idea how they’ll afford to celebrate Sukkot (the Feast of Booths, commemorating the Exodus from Egypt), let alone how they might entertain any guests on this feast of hospitality. Their prayers are answered by a miraculous windfall of money–and then the guests turn up. But these guests have some nasty secrets connected to the husband’s troubled past…. This is a stellar film, heartfelt and prayerful. Depressed… Read more

April 24, 2018

Barry Unsworth’s 1995 novel has a terrific hook: Sometime in England’s fourteenth century, a demoralized, fugitive priest becomes part of a band of wandering players–and helps them solve a local murder. I loved so much of this slender book, and frequently stopped to savor its pleasures. The priest is mostly a terrific narrator: slightly pedantic, certain of his own unworth, headstrong but with a taste for helplessness. The setup is so smart. The players, under severe financial pressure–they need to… Read more

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