During FTE, Jess Reynolds asked me a question I don’t think I’ve ever been asked before, “What do you like about ministry?”. The question is more nuanced than I want to admit because it doesn’t ask what I love about ministry, rather what I like about it.
It was a warm summer night, the moon was full and I was just about to leave Austin and start my time at the University of North Texas. For years I had been hiding who I was from myself but under the mesquite trees in my friend’s front yard, I looked past the branches and I stared at the moon. Over the sound cicadas hissing, I heard a voice inside say, “Stop hiding”.
My Dear Siblings and Fellow Ministers in Christ, Your love and prayers are most needed. When I signed the letter with 110 other LGBTIQ clergy and candidates I was afraid, I was risking my job and my future; I didn’t know how many others were going to sign but I knew that I needed to…
(This post is a part of the Queer Theology Synchroblog, this year’s theme is sex and bodies…which was awkward to write about) I can remember coming out to my best friends from my private Christian college. I can remember where we were and what we were doing. I can remember the looks on their faces…
The statuses and tweets and blog posts calling for the rejection of Syrian refugees, may seem like simply racism and bigotry – and it is racism and bigotry, xenophobic even, but what gives birth to these reactions is fear.
Nuance is important in theology, because finite beings wrestling with the infinite will always fail and get things wrong; the author of this piece does not see nuance but a simple world of black and white. White is the beautiful purity and holiness that only heterosexuality can bring, and Black is the dirty filthy and disgusting lust-filled life of sin and debauchery that resides in the hearts of all “gay Christians. Such an approach to fellow humans ultimately reflects what the author believes about God”.
No such laws were made to force uniformity, and thus true Christian unity was able to blossom. Often, a criticism of Lesbian and Gay Methodists and their allies is that they are bending to culture; yet here the Methodists in Great Britain are leading culture by showing that it is okay to disagree, but it is not okay to discriminate.