Saturday, November 26, 2022

Song Without Words

November 2022 Poetry Selection
What if
instead of developing language
we had chosen to remain content
with gestures and with music?

The Temptation of Apologetics

Apologetic tactics encourage the reader or listener to engage with their own beliefs and understandings in ways that (hopefully) inspire them to reevaluate those beliefs and understandings.

This month’s recommended reading acknowledges the upcoming midterm elections in the United States. Take a look at these pieces from our website to learn more about topics that may impact your vote!

Pride Month Interviews with LGBTQ+ Clergy

"Pride is a time when I actively work to amplify the perspectives of my LGBTQ kin loudest because lack of access, lack of resources, and systemic harm still persist today."

A Time to Embrace: Same-Sex Relationships in Religion, Law, and Politics

"William Stacy Johnson is the perfect author for such a volume: an attorney, a professional theologian, an ordained Presbyterian minister, a professor at Princeton Seminary, and a student of over 270 specialized books and articles and 95 relevant legal cases."

McKenzie Brown’s Reflection on Protest— How We Prevail

I don’t want to have to protest again. I don’t want to be in a position where I must exercise my civic responsibility to stand and defend other human beings from a political leadership who would oppress them. That said, as an individual who has inherited the freedoms and privileges of American citizenship, it is a responsibility I cannot choose to ignore right now.

A ViewPoint on Abortion

"One in four American women will access abortion in her lifetime. And my own abortion story is why I am ardently pro-abortion. I believe, as humans created in God’s image, one of our greatest gifts is agency. That includes agency over our bodies."

When I Hear “Traditional Family Values” . . .

"Although my path is now much more ecumenically embracing of all faith traditions that promote connection to the Divine and the common good, I have never turned my back on Christ. I can say, however, that my relationship with Christ is now in a much healthier and inclusive place."

Disconnected Generations:  #NotHereForTheBoys

Clinton, Steinem, and Albright have devoted their lives to public causes and progress for women, and the thought that none of them may live to see—or in Clinton’s instance, be—the first female president when we are so close to the dream must be a hard pill to swallow.

How Gender Roles Contribute to the Abuse of Women

"It wasn’t until I was older that I realized what an extraordinary thing it is for survivors to speak up, especially if they grew up in a system that valued their silence and submission above all else."

Love More: Trump and the Country We Know

We can react by demonizing those who brought the next four years upon our country. We can judge them and denigrate them and turn on them. And in doing so, we will perpetuate the very situation that led us all to this point. Or we can try to figure out how to love more and love better.

Abortion and the Christian Tradition: A Pro-Choice Theological Ethic

"This is a very important book for anyone who is pro-choice on the abortion question. Someone has to stop the nonsense parading as Christian truth, and Kamitsuka has deflated many of the balloons being brandished."

The Supreme Court and Same-Sex Marriage: Part 1 of a Three-Part...

When the Supreme Court agreed to take up this matter of same-sex marriage, it articulated the questions it was going to answer: First, "Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex?" and second, "Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state?"
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Lynn Horan is the 2022 NAHMS recipient

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True Colors: Celebrating the Truth and Beauty of the Real You

Susan's theology is overwhelmingly inclusive and accepting. She trusts deeply in the love of God for all people, and it shows in every word. This loving, large, expansive God is contrasted with the "in a box" God as seen in many churches and leaders and theology.

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Coming Back from Coming Out

"Coming out ruined my life. At least, that’s the way it seemed. To claim my identity as a lesbian meant sacrificing everything on the altar of my own selfishness, of my need to be “true to myself.” To come out as a 43- year- old woman meant walking away from a tolerable twenty- year marriage, leaving behind a career in church ministry, and learning to negotiate custody arrangements and a new solo life. To come out, for me, meant walking away from God."

Bathroom Legislation: Unconstitutionality Is Only Part of the Story

In this article, I explain why HB2 is clearly unconstitutional. But I will also stress that constitutionality is always only one small part of understanding why legislators do what they do. A hostile feeling (or animus) toward transgender people becomes an important part of the legal discussion.

Precious God, Forgive Them, Because They KNOW What They’re Doing

With all the LGBTQ people courageously coming out in conservative Christian settings, with all the information available freely on the internet and through print and broadcast media, with our new host of educators and speakers (both LGBTQ people and allies) reaching out to conservative and evangelical Christians, it would be impossible for someone to miss the obvious wounding of our people.

Some Thoughts on Modesty

We need to stop allowing Augustine and the flawed theology of other early Church Fathers into our hearts, minds, and society, because they have nothing good for women except slut-shaming and blaming women for all men’s lust and sin.

How the Syro-Phoenician Woman Changed Jesus

August 28, 2017 Unvarnished truth from the remarkable mind of Rev. Wil Gafney, PhD, as she unpacks the story of the Syro-Phoenician woman in Matthew. "One...

Black History Month — 28 Black Women You Should Know

February 6, 2017 February is Black History Month and that's a perfect time to spotlight some amazing women. Read about more than two dozen courageous black women...

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