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ENGAGE focuses on making a difference in the world. It is love in action, faith in action. Personal activism, raising awareness, living environmentally-friendly, socially conscious, tolerant, in an inter-faith and multi-cultural world.

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

Posted by on May 23, 2014 in ENGAGE, Family Life, FreedHearts | 0 comments

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

  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 disagrees with Dad – she is wondering how she can continue to live with a husband who would do that to his own daughter. Unfortunately, this is way too common. With high drugs use and...

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Ugandan Men First to Face Trial Since Passage of Anti-Gay Laws

Posted by on May 10, 2014 in ENGAGE, Featured, Hot Topics | 0 comments

Ugandan Men First to Face Trial Since Passage of Anti-Gay Laws

No matter the outcome, their lives will forever be tarnished, at least in Uganda. However with their faces splashed across world press, many  may come to regard them as martyrs, a symbol for the oppressed gays of Uganda and the unjust criminalization of human sexuality, as persecuted by Institutionalized homophobia. That is the markings of the first case being tried in Uganda after the passage of the new Anti-Homosexuality Act. The men are however being tried under the old Penal Code. A Ugandan court has started hearing the case against the...

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Persecution in Africa: Genocide and Beyond

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in ENGAGE, Featured, REAL LIFE | 1 comment

Persecution in Africa: Genocide and Beyond

“We started running but couldn’t run fast because of the younger ones,” Sarah, who was nine years old in Rwanda at the time of the genocide, recalls. “I was carrying my youngest brother and pulling my younger sister by the arm. The Hutu caught us and took my brother and sister, put them in a sauce pan filled with water on a fire. I saw them screaming my name for help as the Hutu boiled them alive.” As the screams grew fainter, Sarah says, she watched as the extremist Hutus cut the lifeless bodies into little pieces and fed them to the...

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Come On, Baby, Light My Fire

Posted by on Mar 3, 2014 in ENGAGE, Featured | 0 comments

Come On, Baby, Light My Fire

One of the things I love most about the building where I work is the wood-burning fireplace. I love many things about that fireplace … the crackle of the wood when it’s burning, the hearth where people often sit or stand to warm themselves, the conversations that take place in front of the roaring fire … I truly love that fireplace. My official position at the company is senior editor, which means I’m responsible for reading all of the materials created by our advertising agency for our clients. In addition to my editing...

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My Highs and Lows of Transgender Advocacy

Posted by on Jan 15, 2014 in ENGAGE | 0 comments

My Highs and Lows of Transgender Advocacy

Sometimes I preach to the choir, sometimes to the genuinely curious and sensitive; at other times to hostile skeptics, but often to myself. I had the distinct honor and privilege to do a workshop at this year’s Gay Christian Network Conference (GCN) last weekend. I cannot begin to describe what it is like to be among 700 attendees who have one thing in common, a hunger and a love for God, and for whom faith is not a legalistic dogma, but a the river of life. To say that gays, lesbians, bisexual, transgender, and gender-queer persons are...

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Giving Gifts in a Multi-Ethnic, Multi-Faith Community

Posted by on Dec 12, 2013 in ENGAGE | 1 comment

Giving Gifts in a Multi-Ethnic, Multi-Faith Community

Multi-ethnic neighborhoods have dramatically increased in the past decade  A recent study by the Urban Institute confirms it. More than ever, people from different backgrounds, religious beliefs and customs are coming into daily contact with one another. And this can make holiday seasons and gift-giving seem like a complicated thing.  How do you show your love or respect to your neighbors when you know so little about their culture? The American Psychological Association suggests that in order to better appreciate the belief systems of other...

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Grizzlies Made Me Gay

Posted by on Dec 4, 2013 in ENGAGE, Featured, Get Real, REAL LIFE | 0 comments

Grizzlies Made Me Gay

It happened on a chilly August morning in a high-mountain meadow about seven weeks into a ten-week, 1,000-mile solo backpack trip through the most remote, rugged, wild country left in the continental United States. I had left from my front porch in Missoula, Montana, and was on my way to Waterton, Alberta, mostly off trail, crossing only three roads along the way. I lay safely hidden behind a downed, subalpine fir tree watching a silver-tipped sow grizzly and her two cubs about 100 yards or so upwind of me. She was lying down, resting,...

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On Being Invisible

Posted by on Oct 15, 2013 in ENGAGE, Featured | 0 comments

On Being Invisible

During a night in which I could not sleep, I decided instead to finish a reading assignment for an upcoming event and read through Dr. Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” I had read it before, of course, studied it—as all Americans should—in school.  But in the light of the current day, and in this particular moment in my own life, the text touched me as never before. There are, of course, several aspects to the letter:  the frustration that King felt when “moderate whites” whose support he expects, instead tell him that his...

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Money, Personal Priorities, and Changing the World

Posted by on Aug 20, 2013 in Cafe Inspirado, ENGAGE, Featured | 2 comments

Money, Personal Priorities, and Changing the World

We live for money. Let’s be honest. Especially if we’re American. It’s in our blood. And despite all our insistence about living a life full of meaning and purpose, about being fulfilled, and not surrendering to the rancid materialism everywhere around us … we hold on to our debit cards like they were oxygen tanks under water. Well, unless there’s a good sale going on at Macy’s. It’s about priorities, after all, isn’t it? But don’t worry. This isn’t gonna be some tirade about how we all need to make deep personal sacrifices to save the world....

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I Met a Man

Posted by on May 27, 2013 in ENGAGE, Featured, REAL LIFE | 2 comments

I Met a Man

The office of the company I work for is in downtown Kansas City, well actually, it’s kind of on the fringe of the core of downtown. But it’s downtown in the sense that on a pretty regular basis, there are homeless folks walking the street in front of our building. Or climbing into the dumpster in our parking lot. Or standing under the overhang at our front door. My heart is drawn to those folks in part because of the example my dad set in helping the homeless men who gathered in the railroad yard where he worked. On a hot July day...

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