July 8, 2015

About three days after the love imbued, justice bent, paradigm shifting decision of the Supreme Court of the United States welcoming same-sex couples into the covenant of marriage, I finally found my grown-up words amidst the heavenly chorus of joy and the clamoring cacophony of vitriol. In that post and in subsequent Facebook conversations I extended an invitation. What I wanted and still want is to carry with and for you the searing pain lashing otherwise beaming hearts as fundamentalists of political and religious persuasions lose their… Read more

July 3, 2015

An open letter to Kevin DeYoung of the Gospel Coalition Hi Kevin, You likely don’t know me but I wanted to respond to your carefully thought-out blog post “40 Questions for Christians Now Waving Rainbow Flags” over at the Gospel Coalition. I really appreciate the time you put into thinking through some challenging questions to which a few folks have already offered cogent, faithful responses. I like this one by R.L. Stoller. And this one by Buzz Dixon is real cool, too. [update] -… Read more

June 30, 2015

On Friday, June 26, 2015 I was in Cleveland, OH setting up for a week of hanging out with a couple thousand of my Christian sisters in brothers in the United Church of Christ. People were puttering in the conference exhibit hall setting up various booths one might expect to find at a national church conference. Local church ministries, Sunday school supplies, clergy vestments, competing seminary admission counselors, creation care exhibits and even a compelling exhibit protesting solitary confinement (ok, maybe a… Read more

June 21, 2015

Every week, hell, nearly every day, I get called out in public or private on Facebookistan about my refusal to maintain “friendships” on Facebook with people who think differently than me or have a different opinion than me -ABOUT ME. It just doesn’t make a lick of sense to me but like the fool I apparently am, I keep tryin’ to ‘splain it real plain like. Here is a real conversation, that happened in my Facebook inbox, today. Meet Julie.   Julie… Read more

June 14, 2015

So it looks like yet another ill-informed or fear-mongering politician is playing the “religious freedom” card in a very unique way. According to Arkansas Times, it seems he said Jason Rapert said this (just an snippet of the fabulous tantrum) about the 12th annual gay Pride parade in the town of Conway, AR . “This is truly one of the most offensive public displays against Christians you will find anywhere in our state and especially offensive because they have specifically chosen Sunday… Read more

June 9, 2015

Today, Dr. Tony Campolo, an evangelical speaker and author (well known to the evangelical crowd) released a statement regarding his official change of heart and mind regarding gay couples and their acceptance in the church. In his post he says: “While I have always tried to communicate grace and understanding to people on both sides of the issue, my answer to that question has always been somewhat ambiguous. One reason for that ambiguity was that I felt I could do more good… Read more

May 26, 2015

Hell’s bells, y’all, I really didn’t want to end my blogging sabbatical and start up writing again on a stomach-churning, blood-pressure raising, angry-eyes note but damnit, the news of the Duggar disgrace continues to unfurl, so – here we are. I am worried to pieces about the girls who were repeatedly sexually assaulted and who now seem to be little more than flotsam to the very people who scream loudest about family values. I am pissed as hell at a couple of parents who willfully sacrificed… Read more

May 6, 2015

It seems that a lot of us spend a lifetime careening out of the last thing and crashing clumsily into the next thing by crudely duct-taping a series of ragged overlaps from one experience to the next.  The trouble is, we’re often so hungover from the heartbreak of yesterday and so thirsty for the ecstasy of tomorrow that we are utterly unable to savor the simple sweetness of today. But right now, no matter how I thrash, beg, cajole, smile demurely or petulantly demand, I just can’t seem to force God’s hand to expedite the liminal… Read more

April 6, 2015

Happy Easter, dear friends. Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed! In this season of resurrection and renewal it is time for me to step away from the seemingly never ending fight to have my sacred worth recognized and my humanity acknowledged by those whose hearts are still enslaved by ignorance, fear, loathing and power-hungry religiosity. So, between now and Pentecost I am taking a digital sabbatical and stepping away from blogging, commenting on other blogs, engaging in any discussion via social… Read more

March 28, 2015

Someone very dear to me called the other day to say that she and her boyfriend are talking about getting married. She was brimming with so much joy and excitement that I practically felt the sunlight of her happiness radiating through the phone and I swear I saw a flock of doves take flight on the bright blue horizon of her hope. My heart rejoiced with her. I really am over-the-moon happy for anyone who finds love, especially the kind… Read more

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