Out of the Darkness

February 29, 2008

Sermon for Homiletics Class for Fourth Sunday in Lent – Preached on February 29, 2008; Response to the global situation in the Anglican Communion over the inclusion of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgendered persons in the Church and the attempt to smooth tension without resolving our inclusion.

1 Samuel 16:1-13

Psalm 23

Ephesians 5:8-14

John 9:1-41

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Louie Crew in Ft. Worth

February 25, 2008

News Release

Dr. Louie Crew, Founder of Integrity, to Speak in Fort Worth

FORT WORTH – Some people are threatening to split from The Episcopal Church because of its full inclusion of gay and lesbian Episcopalians in the life and ministry of the church. But many Episcopalians agree with the move toward full inclusion of all the Baptized, or want to learn more about it.  

One of the most articulate voices on this subject is Dr. Louie Crew, founder of Integrity. Integrity is a nonprofit organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender [LGBT] Episcopalians and straight friends.  Since its founding by Dr. Crew in rural Georgia in 1974, Integrity has been the leading grassroots voice for the full inclusion of LGBT persons in The Episcopal Church and equal access to its rites. 

On Saturday, March 1, 2008, Integrity Fort Worth will host Dr. Crew, whose topic will be “Exceedingly Glad in Times Like These,” at Celebration Community Church, 908 Pennsylvania Avenue, Fort Worth, TX. Dr. Crew will speak at 3:30 PM after the Holy Eucharist at 2:00 PM, led by the Rt. Rev. Sam Hulsey, retired bishop of Northwest Texas. Registration will begin at 1:30 p.m. There will be a reception in the parish hall following Dr. Crew’s address.  

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Please come if you can.  I’ll be there as the current Integrity board representative, and would love to meet you!

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Fresh Air

February 23, 2008

After 8 years of suffocation, we are finally in a position to come up for fresh air and strategize for positions of leadership again, as evidenced by this PlanetOut article:

The Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute on Tuesday announced the formation of the Presidential Appointments Project, a nonpartisan effort intended to increase the number of LGBT professionals qualified to accept appointed positions in the next administration.

“Our goal is to make sure all Americans have an equal voice in their government,” Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute, said in a press release.

Read the rest here.

And thanks be to God that the end of the Bush empire is coming!

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From the Advocate.com:

A 15-year-old who boy was shot and wounded in an Oxnard, Calif., junior high school computer lab Tuesday was declared brain-dead on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m., according to the Associated Press. The Oxnard medical examiner said Lawrence King was declared brain-dead by two neurosurgeons and is clinically dead but remains on a ventilator for possible organ donation.

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The victim was a constant target for other boys, as he would reportedly wear women’s jewelry and makeup and had declared himself gay, according to the Los Angeles Times. Investigators have not verified if the boy is indeed gay.

Click here for the whole story.  Click here if you live in Texas to find out what you can do to stop school bullying through Equality Texas.

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Happy Valentines Day!

February 14, 2008

Old picture of gay coupleGo to sleep, may your sweet dreams come true
Just lay back in my arms for one more night
I’ve this crazy old notion that calls me sometimes
Saying this one’s the love of our lives.

Cause I know a love that will never grow old
And I know a love that will never grow old.

When you wake up the world may have changed
But trust in me, I’ll never falter or fail
Just the smile in your eyes, it can light up the night,
And your laughter’s like wind in my sails.

Cause I know a love that will never grow old
And I know a love that will never grow old.

Lean on me, let our hearts beat in time,
Feel strength from the hands that have held you so long.
Who cares where we go on this rutted old road
In a world that may say that we’re wrong.

Cause I know a love that will never grow old
And I know a love that will never grow old.

Song: A Love That Will Never Grow Old, from Brokeback Mountain
Lyrics: Bernie Taupin

from the AP, quoted here from MSNBC…

Gay Mormons seek meeting with new leader

Late church president Hinckley urged compassion toward homosexuals

SALT LAKE CITY – A group of gay Mormons is seeking an unprecedented meeting with the new church president and his counselors, hoping to begin a conversation and find ways to address the concerns of its members.

Read the whole thing here.

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The Covenant Design Group has released their “St. Andrews” draft of the Anglican Covenant here

This second, newer, revised version of the Covenant is the version that will be reviewed at the Lambeth Conference.

Maybe we should give the deisgn group a break because they have an impossible charter in the current political climate.  But nonetheless it is no great compliment to say that the document has improved…

My own thinking has come around to believe that a Covenant could be a good idea, if it does a good idea of defining our Anglican identity– building that around worship practices and the historical Anglican via media.

This document seems to take a more evangelical approach, though– valuing a more doctrinal and prescibed approach to identity than our historic worship and liturgical approach.  Note that in this document our identity is defined first through the Church (whose purpose is worship), then Scripture (as held up by the creeds), then the two sacraments, then the episcopate– and THEN– fifth in the list– are the shared patterns of common prayer and liturgy which form, sustain, and nourish our worship of God and our faith and life together. Read the rest of this entry »