If God wanted Christians to follow a simple, clear set of rules, then the New Testament would be a simple, clear set of rules. But it's not.
As we await the Supreme Court rulings on these matters, let us people of faith thank the LGBTQ movement for helping us love God and neighbor better and move ever more closely to a gospel of justice.
If we care enough, we can give ourselves permission to journey into the shoes and lives of others we don't understand; we can open our arms to hold and listen to the LGBTQ people of our world.
The culture war in Uganda over LGBT rights is a double-binded problem: a struggle over the hegemony of fundamentalism and a fog behind which a power grab for the nation's oil reserves and natural wealth can take place.
How would it change the way we talk to each other, if we took the Resurrection seriously, not just as a promise to be fulfilled in some distant future, but in the way we live here and now, as we make our way into the Kingdom of God?
Let us pause and consider all of the things Jesus could have possibly said -- and yet didn't -- to the Centurion who loved his pais enough to debase himself in front of the traveling Galilean prophet.
Atheists are already in the minority in most parts of the country, constituting a small fraction of the religiously unaffiliated in the U.S., but it seemed I was to be an especially odd one out at this event. Or, as my mother once said: "It's kind of hip to be a gay atheist [in Cambridge]. Not so much most everywhere else."
On Sunday at Middle Church, my white husband and I will celebrate Loving Day and the landmark case that gave us the right to marry and live with each other. We will celebrate in hope that the Supreme Court will once again change the story, that it will rule on Prop 8 and DOMA in such a way that all couples have the right to marry in every state in our union.
After Rob was peppered with questions and challenges regarding his view of culture shift and homosexuality, were his answers sufficiently biblical, or did they simply accomodate the culture?
My book is a continuation of my work on giving voices to marginalized peoples, groups, and communities. The theme that stitches all of the essays together to create a colorful tapestry is the intersection of sexuality and ethnicity.
There are many reasons behind why an average person may do something harmful to an innocent person while seeing it as a good deed. Each reason is multi-dimensional.
Here's the 2013 version of my annual update to "Frequently Asked Questions About God, Jesus, the Bible and Gay People," offered in hopes that together we truly can be the change we want to see in the world, and in rebuttal to the rabid rhetoric of the anti-gay religious right.
When I say I am not a believer, it doesn't mean I believe nothing. It is that belief is not central to my religious and spiritual life. As a matter of fact, belief holds little importance to me at all.
Over the past 10 years I have found myself doing two things over and over again: Coming out and having conversations about the so-called "clobber passages" relating to homosexuality and the Bible. I have grown weary of those conversations.
Even one abused woman or girl is one too many. It is way past time for Egypt, and all societies, to protect, respect and honor its women and girls.
I don't mind when people use the Bible as their Source and Authority on matters of spiritual consequence, but I do have a problem with people who choose only those verses that suit their purpose, then ignore anything and everything that does not.