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Finally Home

Finally Home

Jul 15, 2017

HOME IS THE PLACE WHERE, WHEN YOU HAVE TO GO THERE, THEY HAVE TO TAKE YOU IN ― ROBERT FROST Like many queer people, I’ve had a messy and often painful relationship with the institutional church. Yet in my 33 years of life, I’ve come to believe that even messy and painful does not mean irredeemable. Last week, while attending the General Synod of the...

Bold Support for LGBTs by the Communion of Churches in Indonesia

Bold Support for LGBTs by the Communion of Churches in Indonesia

Jun 27, 2016

The following is a translation of an unprecedented pastoral statement by the Communion of Churches in Indonesia (PGI) regarding LGBT+ people. The statement recommends, among others, an affirming view of LGBT+ people and a thoughtful interpretation of Scripture. This statement has generated heated debate and has resulted in accusations of PGI straying away from...

Like Herding Cats: Getting Trans People in Church

Like Herding Cats: Getting Trans People in Church

May 19, 2015

Herding cats might be easier. My friend Candace Chellew-Hodge recently wrote an OpEd piece for Religion Dispatches. The headline read: Pew Confirms LGBT Rejection of Religion: Why That’s a Good Thing. Her piece was in response to the latest Pew Survey from the Pew Research Center, which found LGBT persons have abandoned religion big-time. This was also...

How the Internet Killed Westernized Christianity

How the Internet Killed Westernized Christianity

Feb 23, 2015

The question is valid, “How much more do we have to take from the church until we have had enough?” The odd part of this question is that many of those asking this are Christians. It seems they’re tired of distorted images defining who and what they are, and deciding how the world views them. Too many Christians are becoming fed up with Fox News or Pat...

Secession from Church (To Those Who Stay Home on Sundays)

Secession from Church (To Those Who Stay Home on Sundays)

Feb 9, 2015

“Church isn’t for me anymore.” I know those words so well, because I hear them every single day in some form or another; in emails, late night Skype sessions, and midday conversations across a coffee table. They’re a convenient one-size-fits-all phrase that covers a multitude of meanings for those of you who’ve joined the growing ranks of the weekend defectors,...

What Makes a Great City … or a Great Church

What Makes a Great City … or a Great Church

Oct 3, 2014

I just saw an article on why Houston is the best city in America. As a non-Houstonian I thought, “Okay, whatever.” But then my thoughts started churning, the synapses started firing, and I started making connections with the church-world. Okay, obviously you’ve got to do a bit of mental translation here, but what supposedly makes Houston such...

[Re]Defining Evangelicalism

[Re]Defining Evangelicalism

Jun 4, 2014

I am an evangelical. There, I said it. Though, when I call myself evangelical, I do not mean it in the sense that I am this anti-science, homophobic, “God-fearing,” authoritarianistic conservative. I think we all know that this is not Christianity, nor is it representative of the Jesus who is the central figure of Christianity. When something is said to...

Angry Pulpits, Empty Churches

Angry Pulpits, Empty Churches

Jun 3, 2014

I seem to alienate a lot of my preacher friends.  They’re good people, for the most part, just like all of us. But sometimes we just don’t see eye to eye on the “reason” behind the things we do in church. Today, for example, another minister posted a blistering message on Facebook, chewing out people for not attending church. “The...

Are You Protecting God or Yourself?

Are You Protecting God or Yourself?

May 7, 2014

Michelle and her daughter Lizzy watched “Cosmos,” in which an astronomer (a precursor to Copernicus), is burned at the stake for daring to say that the earth is not the center of the universe. Lizzy (14) asked her mom: “So, who, exactly, put this guy to death?” Michelle: “The church.” Lizzy: “The church? The church burned people at the stake?? But it’s...

To a Church that Dehumanizes Gays …

To a Church that Dehumanizes Gays …

May 3, 2014

“We need to attend church somewhere that is farther along in wrestling with these complex issues, somewhere John and any of his LGBT friends can join us if they wish and hear about God’s grace without having to feel defensive or ‘less than.’” This is a letter my friend wrote to their church.  It beautifully expresses the need for churches to love LGBTQ. It’s...