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LGBT Mormons: Finding Your Faith When Your Faith Leaves You

LGBT Mormons: Finding Your Faith When Your Faith Leaves You

Jan 8, 2016

LGBT Mormons Discuss LDS Membership Changes on Gay Marriage and Children The All Souls Unitarian Church, in New York, NY,  will host a panel discussion with gay and lesbian Latter-Day Saint (LDS) members on Sunday, January 31 at 1pm. The title of the panel is “Finding Faith When Your Faith Leaves You.” The four panelists include Affirmation senior...

Deworm 1000 Children for the Price of Lunch: Here’s How You Can Be a Hero!

Deworm 1000 Children for the Price of Lunch: Here’s How You Can Be a Hero!

May 5, 2015

You’ve heard the phrase “dirt poor” before, and you may have even used it to describe yourself. But, what if I told you that people in Haiti literally make cookies out of mud just to ease the hunger pangs caused by intestinal worms? Now, I know this blog/website is usually reserved for issues pertaining to sexuality/gender identity and how they relate to faith,...

Gentrification‏ May Save Cities, But it’s Killing Culture

Gentrification‏ May Save Cities, But it’s Killing Culture

Apr 28, 2015

When I first heard the term “gentrification” used some handful of years ago (I’m from Idaho, OK?! I’m sorry.), I was sure it was a positive thing. I mean, what could possibly be wrong with something that’s also referred to as “urban renewal?” Yes, let’s take a neighborhood that needs improvements and improve it. I pictured some philanthropists in thick-rimmed...

Why I Keep Dog Food in my Car

Why I Keep Dog Food in my Car

Mar 29, 2015

A few summers ago I was driving back to work after having lunch with a friend, and I saw this scrawny yellow dog hoofing it across a busy intersection. It was a hot afternoon, and the dog caught my attention because it was tagging about 100 feet behind a couple of people who’d crossed a minute or two earlier, panting and looking thirsty. What really sucky pet...

The Rock & the Rainbow: Homeless LGBT Youth Finding Jesus in Condoms

The Rock & the Rainbow: Homeless LGBT Youth Finding Jesus in Condoms

Mar 24, 2015

In Los Angeles, a young male prostitute thinks he is being approached by another man for sex. As Rev. William Griffith gets closer, the 17 year old smiles sheepishly as he reads the t-Shirt worn by the unconventional street pastor dressed his normal attire. Shorts and sandals. The shaved head and thick, grey beard gives him some authority in the darkness of the...

Art & Activism: Alexi DeVilliers – Jah Provides

Art & Activism: Alexi DeVilliers – Jah Provides

Oct 11, 2014

Alexi  DeVillers is an artist who makes sculptures out of an ordinary object that the rest of us throw away without a second thought – tin cans. He sells his sculptures; then with the proceeds, feeds about 150 people per week in the Phoenix area who need a hot meal but are a little down on their luck. After feeding the needy, he makes more art with the...

Critics, Condoms & Christ

Critics, Condoms & Christ

Sep 24, 2014

One of the challenges of street ministry is in being able to descend on those streets with the love and compassion of Jesus Christ. The streets, especially in downtown Los Angeles, as in any large city, are brutal. We approach the reality of the streets with the example Christ set in meeting the needs of the people first and allowing the awesome power of the...

Why Gay Christians are Praying to Die

Why Gay Christians are Praying to Die

Sep 19, 2014

Almost every story I read, personal stories of individuals dealing with their sexuality within the church, involves a part where they admit to thinking about killing themselves, attempting to kill themselves, or praying that God would take them to heaven so that the struggle, the pain and the loneliness would be over. Almost every story. That’s too much. Too...

The Black-White Divide: Can It Be Fixed?

The Black-White Divide: Can It Be Fixed?

Sep 2, 2014

The killing of Michael Brown was a tragedy; and depending on the circumstances, which time will prayerfully make irrefutably clear, it was a national tragedy. Yet, even in light of that, I’m glad that the issue of race has returned to the forefront of the American psyche. The shooting and subsequent looting and protests have proven the biggest race-related...

Not My Father’s Son

Not My Father’s Son

Jun 5, 2014

When I think about my dad, I think about his gentle and easy smile … his work-worn hands … the ever-present twinkle in his dark brown eyes. When I think about my dad, I think about the stories he would tell me as I sat tucked inside his strong arms on lazy Sunday afternoons in Tennessee … the tunes he would whistle as he tilled the ground in...