Christ in the wool shop

Tuesday morning, I woke up to oppressive drizzle, both within and without. I got the preliminary UMC news Monday evening. Most of those around me say they inwardly knew that the United Methodist special conference on LGBTQ+ inclusion would end in a reaffirmation of the so-called traditionalist plan, but now with penalties for ordination boards [...]

On having shame and being shameless

"I'm ready to be shameless about..." I sat in the dark balcony of the church last week, listening to Nadia Bolz-Weber speak about sexuality and turning the card with those words over in my hand. Just like there are "humble-brags," I wonder if there are "honorable-shames" - the things it's sexy to feel shame about [...]

Of burning bushes and the fires of hell

When I first came out as bisexual, I asked the only gay friend I knew for sure was gay to meet me at a bookstore cafe so we could talk. He had just recently preached in our little ecumenical faith community on the text from Galatians that says "there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave [...]

Some kiss we want

"Love that loves us, thank you." - Marina, "To The Wonder." "There is some kiss we want with our whole lives, the touch of spirit on the body." - Rumi   In our hallway is one of those whiteboard calendars, with day boxes and space for the month, little magnets and dry erase markers in [...]

On the bench under her pear tree

So often my mind returns to that place, a barn and pasture hidden up the winding roads in the hills of east Kentucky, out of sight from the main road. In those quick and unbidden glimpses of memory, the times when my mind goes there like a flashback to some earlier significant scene, it is [...]

Getting honest

"Damage is done... by the insistence on a fantasy version of heterosexual marriage as the solitary ideal, when the facts of the situation are that an enormous number of 'sanctioned' unions are a framework for violence and human destructiveness on a disturbing scale: sexual union is not delivered from moral danger and ambiguity by satisfying [...]

Liturgy and Sexuality: The Lord Be With You

"The Lord be with you." "And also with you." These words are a beginning. These words in the liturgy gather us to attention, and prepare us for an encounter. Sometimes spoken at the beginning of worship to quiet a room before prayer, they're most well-known as the opening words of the Eucharistic liturgy. I was [...]