Though I cannot adequately apologize for the sloppy theology and biblical illiteracy inflicted on so many LGBT people, I can stand with others of faith and try to convey the experience and grace that God loves us more than we can possibly imagine.
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.
This Memorial Day, I give thanks to God for my father, and all those in this country who have worn a uniform and worn it well. "O God, we remember before you with grateful hearts the men and women of our country who in the day of decision ventured much for the liberties we now enjoy."
I've realized that I'm no saint when it comes to human relations. At times I've tried as hard as I could to be loving and open and understanding. When I failed, I have tried again. Maybe a substitute word for "forgive" is "understand."
Eastern Orthodox icons of the resurrection do not show risen Jesus alone. Instead, they show Jesus reaching down to grasp Adam and Eve and pull them also from their tombs. Jesus is yanking them bald headed.
For Haiti, it will take years to recover from both the emotional and physical turmoil of the earthquake. But today, as we reflect on the last three years, we give God thanks for the endurance and resilience of the people of Haiti.
The National Cathedral is the second largest cathedral in the country, and it's been dubbed by Congress as the "National House of Prayer." It's a symbol of Christian faith in America. And now it lets the gays marry. If that's not a step toward equality, I don't know what is.
Certain individuals usher us into great moments in our lives. I was a guest speaker at a Kentucky campus in the early 1960s when, to my surprise, I received an invitation to visit one of the world's renowned religious leaders, Thomas Merton.
Today we rejoice in this opportunity for our Justices to affirm our Constitution's promises of liberty, equality and human dignity as we watch the arc of the moral universe continue to bend toward justice.
Bible readings in November are drag us unremittingly through the Book of Revelation. Much of the book's wild symbolism portrays God's vengeance upon evil. It's pretty horrible reading for postmodern folks like us. Can we scrap it and just feel the love?
Yesterday, the Church of England confused "unity" with "unison" and voted down a compromise resolution that would have ended centuries of discrimination against women as bishops while leaving a place to stand for those who disagree.