Gay and Lesbian Weddings,
The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints,
Mormons For Equality,
Same Sex Marriage,
I had my first experience with Mormons For Equality three years ago (2013) when I marched with the group in the Utah Pride Parade. I had just barely come out -- only a few months prior telling my Mormon parents that I was gay.
Did Jesus ever "open carry"? Yes, he did. Jesus open carried the Roman weapon of execution, the cross on which he died. And that's the only weapon Jesus ever open carried.
The first anniversary of the Charleston massacre by a White supremacist, Dylann Roof, occurred at the same time as the largest mass shooting in America in Orlando targeting LGBTQ people. Charleston forced Americans to honestly address an essential question.
With so much knowledge floating around, you can easily lose the forest for the trees. Without a fundamental understanding of the big picture, the pieces can make very little sense and even seem absurd. This is true particularly in the case of spirituality.
If Jesus came back tonight I wouldn't want Him to find me in a gun store; but with Trump as a legitimate candidate for president of the United States I am genuinely afraid for my safety and the safety of my family.
[Bring your friends together for a celebratory picnic or luncheon of our inter-dependence, transforming July 4th into a celebration that affirms what is best in America and affirms our interdependence with all of humanity and with our precious planet Earth. Take turns reading the paragraphs below as a...
Texan Senator, and former Republican presidential candidate, Ted Cruz held a congressional hearing today, Tuesday, June 28th, examining federal agency responses to “radical Islam.” The mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando revived debate about the terminology we use to...
Early Sunday morning, Israeli police forces stormed Al-Aqsa mosque, unleashing teargas, rubber bullets, and sound grenades on the worshippers.
How does the head of Americans United for Life feel in the wake of the biggest abortion decision in a decade? Here's what AUL Acting President and Senior Counsel Clarke Forsythe had to say: Women lost today as the Supreme Court sides with the abortion industry ......
You know, the LGBTQ community is a waste of your time. Seriously. We are so regular. We work. We go to school. We raise families. We fight for what's good in the world. We go out with friends. We celebrate with family. We're you.
First, let’s call out the (non)elephant in the room: I am not a Republican. Not even close. I’m a gay-Jewish-Democrat-liberal-college-professor born and bred in the NYC area, now living in Cleveland, Ohio. Thus, my decision to sign up as a volunteer for the Republican National Convention this July was clearly...
His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama Of Tibet,
Tibetan Association Of Colorado,
The Dalai Lama,
University Of Colorado,
I planned to ask about motherhood, despite the fact that multiple people warned me that it could come across as silly. "What does he know about motherhood?" They wondered. "You should ask about something more profound. Something spiritual."
For people of faith, church is one of the best times of the week. However, in my 14 years of avid-church going, I've seen, and experienced some pretty unpleasant moments.
I need to apologize. I've been quiet. I've been in my isolated bubble of white-straight-privilege and been perfectly fine in there. Don't get me wrong, I was outraged, but I was also paralyzed by inaction and quiet about it.
Religion And Politics,
If we say that we need to ditch the clause "love the sinner, hate the sin", we effectively lose the core gospel that is the only hope of salvation not dependent upon our own works. Jesus, Christians proclaim, died for us WHILE we were still enemies!
Avian language is everywhere in the Bible. But what, if anything, does it say about ethics? Quite a lot, I suspect. For whatever reason, God does not want humans killing mother birds.
Donald J. Trump's presidential campaign hit a snag on Monday, after several prominent endorsers made statements suggesting his fitness to hold the highest office in our country would be undercut by his own personal behaviors and failings.
For some, admitting you're a Christian is tough. I've never had that problem. I used to be a self-absorbed binge drinker with obsessive tendencies, and thanks to the Lord, I'm now a people-loving Jesus freak. However what the secular crowd doesn't always realize about Christians is that we're still human, and we have weaknesses that can still surface under certain arduous circumstances.
Religion And Sexuality,
While religion in the past has taught us how to live ethical lives and be moral people, it seems as though society is going through some sort of transition. When that which used to keep us safe begins to perpetuate violence, it is time to reevaluate these systems. The problems and promises of religions are most worthy of thought and consideration.
When I first read in my news feed that Donald Trump had become a Christian, I chuckled. With Jesus being Middle Eastern and all, I was certain Trump had built a wall around his heart a long time ago to keep him out.