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The Art of Being A Passive Neighbor

I live where I do in large part because of people like downwardly mobile D.L., and Grace, Christena, and Suzannah, and because of their slow and steady dripping words about race and privilege.  I live in a poorer sort of neighborhood on the blacker side of town.  And before we moved, I had read books...

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On Being A Witness

“To be a witness does not consist in engaging in propaganda, nor even in stirring people up, but in being a living mystery.  It means to live in such a way that one’s life would not make sense if God did not exist.”- Cardinal Suhard I’m in the middle of...

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Resources: Gays, AIDS, and the Church, Part 9

Here’s a list of various blogs, websites, organizations, books, and movies related to the church, being gay, and HIV/AIDS. Blogs Queer Theology Anarchist Reverend Justin Lee Steve Gershom Anxious Gay Christian Middle Ground Dr. Trista Carr Eliel Cruz Julie Rodgers Eve Tushnet A Queer Calling Registered Runaway Jonas Weaver Freed...

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Domesticating God

I thrive on learning.  Memorizing knowledge, thinking and over-thinking is how my brain runs.  So of course, I excelled as an evangelical.  I won gold stars and awards at VBS for memorizing verses.  At the Baptist summer camp I went to, every 40 verses memorized meant you could throw a...

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The Rest of My Story: Gays, AIDS, and the Church, Part 8

We were in Chicago in early 2010 for the weekend, a belated anniversary trip from my brother, with my brother and his wife.  I had brought a book with me (I know – that’s how good it looked) and I read it on the way in and out of the...

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The ‘Gay Agenda’: Gays, AIDS, and the Church, Part 7

  I’ve been hearing about the ‘gay agenda’ (and the boycotts) for as long as I can remember.  I’ve of course, never heard a word about the Christian agenda, even though it exists.  I think it’s worth examining this list, that is very typical of the Evangelical Christian Complex’s (ECC)...