Identity and Time

August 31, 2007

From ExploreFaith.org:

Ahead of Time
Thomas Merton wrote, “To work out our own identity in God, which the Bible calls ‘working out our salvation,’ is a labor that requires sacrifice and anguish, risk and many tears. It demands close attention to reality at every moment, and great fidelity to God as He reveals Himself, obscurely, in the mystery of each new situation. We do not know clearly what the result of this work will be. The secret of my full identity is hidden in Him.”

More reflections on time from ExploreFaith are here.

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Thanks to a reader who brought this to my attention.

From PlanetOut News, a lower court rules that we have the right to marry in Iowa… the first such ruling in the midwest.

A Superior Court judge in Polk County, Iowa, ruled Thursday that the state’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional and ordered the county to grant marriage licenses to six same-sex couples, the Des Moines Register reported.

For the whole article, read here.

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Latest news roundup

August 29, 2007

Of course things have been busy in the Anglican Communion and the Episcopal Church lately…

Many others in the blogiverse have been on top of it quite better than I can, but for Reuters take, see this article on +Gene Robinson’s interview, and this one on the slate of nominees for Chicago’s bishop which includes a lesbian.

In other news, I found this article in the Washington Post on the GLBT movement in black churches interesting.  This quote from a black woman about gays was particularly daunting, and reminded me of anglo racism against blacks during integration:  “They’re taking over. I’m sick to my stomach over this mess. It’s not right. Why should we have to leave and let them come in and take over the church?” 

And finally, this AFP article from Malaysia— not a place we hear about GLBT equality very often, but one where an inclusive church is trying to emerge. 

We keep moving forward as the Spirit wills, and She won’t be turned back!

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What does it take?

August 28, 2007

We see fundamentalist preacher and conservative politician alike — those who condemn us the most often turn out to be doing it as a part of their own efforts of denial, trying hard to deal with their own internalized homophobia as they preach hatred and intolerance while also secretly having gay sexual encounters.

Senator Larry Craig of Idaho (R) is the latest.  As this article points out, he has campaigned against us, voted against us, and now the allegations of his sexual orientation which he has managed to dodge for years have caught up with him.

And for what has this man’s life been ruined?  Why is all this effort and energy being poured into the hate-mongering and destruction of our livelihoods?  Not one positive thing comes of it.  No positive morality is gained from the destruction of this man by his own hate.  Not one positive thing is gained because he has to turn to secret and anonymous airport bathroom sexual encounters; because he has not been freed to have meaningful loving relationships in the open.

We are getting closer, and I pray that with each of these fallen men that those who oppose us will learn important lessons about what it is really worth to keep up this struggle instead of turning to love, acceptance, and openness.

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The Power of Love

August 22, 2007

From ExploreFaith.org, a few thoughts on love:

Neighbors  God sends us out to share the good news of love that requires no quid pro quo. God sends us to love our neighbor (even the ones we know real well!) even if our neighbor does not love us. That is the only thing that distinguishes a Christian (or other people of faith and hope) from those who live without hope.

Anyone can love those who love them. It is when we walk our road with wolves attacking from time to time but come to the end of our road still trusting, still reaching out, still believing that people can be good and that even wolves can change.

from Who Are Your Heroes?
by the Rev. William A. Kolb

The Process of Love A deep belief in the power of love means that we must make a commitment to keep on giving even when we cannot see any immediate results. Love, after all, is not just an isolated act—it is a process that flows out of an attitude of optimism and hope.

So what do I do in those moments when I don’t feel like pouring my energy into loving acts? Keep on doing them! Have we not learned that love is not just a feeling but also an action?

from Staying in the Process of Love
by The Rev. Dr. Brooks Ramsey
 
The Presence of Love
We really cannot turn anyone away from the hospitality of our hearts, because that very one may be one of the disguised angels. When we are tempted to narrow our friendships, exclude those who are different from us, busy ourselves with no one but those who form our small network, then we risk missing the Divine Presence in our midst.

from Thinking of Angels:
Devotions by Reneé

From Planet Out News:

A melee broke out last week in Jonkoping, Sweden, after a group of fundamentalist Christian young people set a fire outside a celebrated photomural exhibit that portrays Jesus as gay.

Read the whole article here.

See the art here – my fave is the replica of DaVinci’s Last Supper.  There is nudity in one piece; viewers who are easily offended be warned and don’t click through!  I’m so glad that the Archbishop of Sweden allowed this collection to be displayed in their cathedral.  As the quote in the article says (from the American Art Historian Cherry) “So often it’s Christians versus gays, when in fact Jesus taught love toward everybody.”

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Life in Uganda

August 20, 2007

I’m back from vacation– haven’t had time to write anything yet but  thought I would share this bit from Planet Out News with you.  It is no wonder the church in Uganda opposes us so heavily, considering we do not have even human rights in that country (much less civil rights):

Ugandan gay rights advocates appealed for acceptance Friday, saying they face regular abuse by police in a country where being gay is punishable by life in prison.

“Our message is simple and clear; let us live in peace,” said Victor Juliet Mukasa, 32, head of Sexual Minorities Uganda — a previously little-known group that spoke to the media for the first time this week. “We are human beings and should have the same rights as any other citizen of Uganda.”

Attitudes toward gays in Uganda are typical of those across the continent, where many countries outlaw homosexuality and where gays are prone to prejudice and violence.

“There is no question of equal treatment for these strange fellows,” government spokesman Kirunda Kivejinja said. “Homosexuality is repugnant to the people of Uganda.”

Read the whole story here.

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