Gonna Stick My Sword in the Golden Sand: A Vietnam Soldier’s Story has just been released. The title comes from a stanza of the gospel traditional, Down by the Riverside, with its refrain–“Ain’t gonna study war no more.” Golden Sand is a bold, dark, and intense retelling of the Vietnam experience through the eyes of an army scout that is hauntingly honest and brutally true.
I am pleased and honored that the UCC has asked me to moderate a symposium during the games entitled Queer Christians: Celebrating the Past, Shaping the Future.
It’s time to catch my breath. Since the release of Queer Clergy in February, I’ve been on the road … Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and California. I have been the guest of book clubs, adult forums, LGBT reconciling groups, the Pacific School of Religion, and I’ve been a guest preacher (always a treat for an old lawyer). I’ve made the rounds of Lutheran, Methodist, and UCC church conventions and a book fair.
As momentum swells for Methodist marriage equality, could queer clergy ordination issues again resurface?
A space for youth to find community and know that they were safe and accepted for who they were.
While the decades-long debate over LGBT ordination occupied the attention of the Presbyterian church, the issue of rites of blessing remained secondary. Now that Presbyterian ordinations of gays and lesbians are occurring regularly, attention has switched to marriage equality.
Against well-entrenched religious opposition to all things gay, progressive religious leaders were early voices “crying in the wilderness,” and decades of advocacy within religious spheres have largely prepared the good soil for recent marriage equality policy breakthroughs.
Why don’t the folks in the pews know about James? Could it be that he was not forgotten but intentionally erased from the story?
The neo-conservative intention of thwarting the social justice impulses of progressive Christianity has been a singular failure.
At the 2009 ELCA Church Wide Assembly, two notable measures passed. The first was a social statement on human sexuality, and the second was a revision in ministry policies that recognized and supported gay and lesbian relationships and welcomed such partners into the pulpit. The vote on the social statement came first, following a tornado […]