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LGBT Mormons: Finding Your Faith When Your Faith Leaves You

Posted by on Jan 8, 2016 in ENGAGE | 0 comments

LGBT Mormons: Finding Your Faith When Your Faith Leaves You

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 vice president, Todd Richardson, and three LDS lesbian and gay members Kelly Boyce, Graham Gibbs, and Jensen Clifford. The panel discussion is being organized by All Soul’s...

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

Posted by on May 5, 2015 in ENGAGE, Featured | 0 comments

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

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, but at the end of the day, this is still a Christian blog/site. And as a Christian blogger, I feel it is also my duty to support worthy causes. This is one of those instances. Planting...

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Gentrification‏ May Save Cities, But it’s Killing Culture

Posted by on Apr 28, 2015 in ENGAGE, Featured | 4 comments

Gentrification‏ May Save Cities, But it’s Killing Culture

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 glasses cutting the ribbon on a brand new community swimming pool. Newly renovated neighborhoods get quirky abbreviated names like “NoMa” (North of Massachusetts Avenue in Washington,...

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Why I Keep Dog Food in my Car

Posted by on Mar 29, 2015 in Cafe Inspirado, ENGAGE, Featured, Get Real | 1 comment

Why I Keep Dog Food in my Car

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 owners, I thought, letting the dog cross by itself.  The light was red, so fortunately the poor dog didn’t have to dodge oncoming traffic, but I was still cringing inside. I kept an eye...

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

Posted by on Mar 24, 2015 in ENGAGE, Featured, Hot Topics | 17 comments

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

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 Los Angeles streets. “Hi, I’m Pastor Will, and I want to make sure you know somebody loves you.” “EVANGEL PACIFIC MINISTRIES” is emblazoned across the...

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Art & Activism: Alexi DeVilliers – Jah Provides

Posted by on Oct 11, 2014 in Art & Photography, ENGAGE, Featured | 0 comments

Art & Activism: Alexi DeVilliers – Jah Provides

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 empty cans – a perfect golden circle.  He’s got a day job, so the meals are given out on the weekends. He’s been making art like this for over 10 years and feeding the poor this way...

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Critics, Condoms & Christ

Posted by on Sep 24, 2014 in Church Chat, ENGAGE, Featured | 1 comment

Critics, Condoms & Christ

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 Holy Spirit to work on the hearts and minds of those we reach. When we go out into the trenches of Los Angeles, we do so having fasted and prayed that God leads us, protects us and allows...

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Why Gay Christians are Praying to Die

Posted by on Sep 19, 2014 in ENGAGE, Featured, Get Real | 0 comments

Why Gay Christians are Praying to Die

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 much longing for death by the very people who should be celebrating new life in Christ! “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have...

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The Black-White Divide: Can It Be Fixed?

Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in ENGAGE, Featured, Hot Topics | 0 comments

The Black-White Divide: Can It Be Fixed?

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 flare up since the advent of social media. So, for the first time, we’re able to dialog with one another all over the world without depending on–dare I say it–worthless politicians who...

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Not My Father’s Son

Posted by on Jun 5, 2014 in ENGAGE, Get Real | 0 comments

Not My Father’s Son

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 his beloved vegetable garden … the hymns he would sing as he worked in the small room that held his vast array of tools. When I think about my dad, I think about the times he...

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