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Review: “Is It a Choice?” by Eric Marcus

Posted by on Nov 19, 2012

Is It a Choice?: Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions About Gay and Lesbian People (3rd edition)   Eric Marcus’ book was a pivotal turning point in my beliefs about...

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GOD-TALK

Me and Papa: Thinking About God’s Feminine Side

Posted by on May 22, 2014

Sometimes I refer to God as Papa, and if you’ve ever read William Paul Young’s The Shack then you already know what image this title brings to mind for me… I...

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REAL LIFE

Grieving Straightness

Posted by on Sep 23, 2013

For many, coming out is liberating… But it’s not always this way. Some people are outed. Some are found out. Some are forced to come out ahead of schedule. Some never come out at...

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LOVE, SEX, FAMILY

Moms & Dads…  What the Heck are We Doing?!?

Posted by on May 23, 2014

  Well, my heart is broken. Yet another mom has emailed me that their daughter came out to them as gay, and her husband, the girl’s father, kicked her out. Dad said, “I don’t...

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Moms & Dads… What the Heck are We Doing?!?

Moms & Dads…  What the Heck are We Doing?!?

May 23, 2014

  Well, my heart is broken. Yet another mom has emailed me that their daughter came out to them as gay, and her husband, the girl’s father, kicked her out. Dad said, “I don’t agree with her lifestyle; she will have to leave.” (Bear in mind there was no “acting on this” yet, no “lifestyle” – it was simply the daughter revealing her heart.) Mom...

Me and Papa: Thinking About God’s Feminine Side

Me and Papa: Thinking About God’s Feminine Side

May 22, 2014

Sometimes I refer to God as Papa, and if you’ve ever read William Paul Young’s The Shack then you already know what image this title brings to mind for me… I remember the first time I was chastised for not being “manly enough.” My grandma worked at a church-run daycare center in Covington, Kentucky, just across the river from...

Grieving Straightness

Grieving Straightness

Sep 23, 2013

For many, coming out is liberating… But it’s not always this way. Some people are outed. Some are found out. Some are forced to come out ahead of schedule. Some never come out at all, spending their lives living out the fantasy of what it would mean to be someone else, something else. When people ask me about my coming out story, I very often start with a...

Queer Activism as a Return to Faith

Queer Activism as a Return to Faith

Jan 11, 2013

When I stopped going to church, I didn’t cease to think in terms of Christian ethics. The “off” switch just isn’t there. Although I hesitate to label myself according to my beliefs, the very fact that most Christians of my generation tend to display the same hesitancy almost makes me want to recommit myself to the term. Especially because being both gay and a...

Living Your Authentic Truth

Living Your Authentic Truth

Dec 31, 2012

Ispeak from direct experience as a, once, straight woman who for the past forty years has lived a lesbian lifestyle. Who I’d been as a person was immediately erased on the day I stepped out of the darkness to declare my awakening to the lesbian who had for all my thirty-four years been sleeping within, all the while undergoing a silent metamorphosis that...

10 Questions You Should Answer Before Entering into Same-Sex Marriage

10 Questions You Should Answer Before Entering into Same-Sex Marriage

Nov 20, 2012

We have turned a corner on the question of same-sex marriage.  This past election day, three more states extended basic civil rights to LGBT Americans, and the trend is not likely to stop.  That is very good news. It is time, therefore, for us to have a serious talk.  Just because we as a community have made strides in regard to marriage, does not mean that you...

Review: “Is It a Choice?” by Eric Marcus

Review: “Is It a Choice?” by Eric Marcus

Nov 19, 2012

Is It a Choice?: Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions About Gay and Lesbian People (3rd edition)   Eric Marcus’ book was a pivotal turning point in my beliefs about homosexuality. Before reading the book, I believed homosexuality was a sin. After reading the book, not only did I no longer view gay people as sinners, I developed a passion for...

Anything That Stretches You

Anything That Stretches You

Nov 14, 2012

Anything That Stretches You Robert was rather attractive but didn’t have much between the ears. It became apparent early on that he had little chance of passing without special help. Bless his heart, he accepted my offer, and in my office we re-wrote every paper. He was there faithfully. His next paper written all by himself wouldn’t be that much...

Sabbath, Self-Care & Keeping Sane in Ministry

Sabbath, Self-Care & Keeping Sane in Ministry

Nov 13, 2012

One topic that comes up often for those of us in ministry, especially ministry in the grey space, is self-care. When working in areas of tension and even conflict, it’s difficult to not become burned out, cynical, disheartened, frustrated, and hurt. It’s challenging to know when to take a break, to give yourself a sabbath from being in the trenches, as well as...

Learning to Enjoy the Ride

Learning to Enjoy the Ride

Nov 12, 2012

Ihave always had a heart for God. However, it wasn’t until my freshman year of high school that I began to understand the need to have a personal experience with Him. I was into every activity the Church of God had to offer. VBS, youth retreats and church camp. Oh, church camp! That is where I really “Got it”. The altar services were deep and life changing....