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Month: January 2020

When Queer Spiritual Gifts Meet Toxic Religious Beliefs

It seems to me that most people are threatened on some level by the gifts of others. For example, I tend to feel this irrational sense of insecurity when I come across someone else’s writing, especially if they find themselves in the niche genre of “queer Christian” writing. When I read someone else’s blog, I get this strange fear that my own writing is invalid. This fear tends to turn into a brief moment of defensiveness, a scoff at the talents of another human because in that moment, I cannot… Read more When Queer Spiritual Gifts Meet Toxic Religious Beliefs

The Abandoned are Closer to Christ

I saw a meme circulating around the internet of a rainbow-colored sheep being brought back to the flock, and the other sheep in the flock shouting back, “He wasn’t lost, we kicked him out!” This, of course, is a play on the parable of the lost sheep found in the Gospels that shared the story of a shepherd leaving his flock of sheep to find the one sheep that was lost in the wilderness. The question found in this play on the parable is obvious: what do we do with… Read more The Abandoned are Closer to Christ

Christian Colleges, Religious Freedoms, and their Conflict with Queer Civil Rights

Two students are filing a lawsuit against Fuller Theological Seminary regarding anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination they faced during their time as students. Christianity Today reports that the two students had been expelled from the seminary for their same-sex marriages. This action is a violation of Title IX, a federal law that was put in place to protect students at federally funded educational institutions from sex discrimination. This is yet another case that blurs the lines between religious freedom and civil rights, highlighting the inherent conflict the lies between many faith-based and religious… Read more Christian Colleges, Religious Freedoms, and their Conflict with Queer Civil Rights

Can I Trust This Church?

It’s been nearly a year since I began attending my home church in Upstate New York. When I first found this community, I was just about ready to give up on church. I felt mentally and emotionally drained from having to navigate how queer I could present in spaces that are supposed to be my spiritual home- a place I could come to knowing that I was loved, rather than having to determine if my acts of service would make me deserving of a faith community. Eventually, I stumbled across… Read more Can I Trust This Church?

Questions for Conservative Churches Ahead of the Proposed UMC Split

The United Methodist Church has once again become a hot topic in the Evangelical world due to its very public battle over the issue of LGBTQ+ acceptance and inclusion. Last year, the UMC voted to maintain its traditional stance on sexual ethics, affirming the position that marriage is a covenant between one man and one woman, and that sex should only be had within the context of heterosexual marriage. Additionally, this denominational vote decided that sexually active LGBTQ+ clergy, regardless of their marital status, would not be allowed to serve… Read more Questions for Conservative Churches Ahead of the Proposed UMC Split