With the BSA finally dragging itself into the late 20th century, can the 21st be far behind? The answer, I hope, is that the time to end discrimination has arrived. But it isn't going to be accomplished without a lot of strife.
Our theology is both a faith statement and a process of reflection. Our faith teaches us that we can expect to continue to be inspired, to learn from one another, and to seek out that spiritual growth.
Today, as another election season winds down, our attention moves from an intense focus on candidates, ballot initiatives and political tactics to reflection on what it all means and anticipation of what is to come. Once again, it is time to take the long view.
In spite of our long history and tradition of tolerance, I am finding myself increasingly intolerant -- specifically, of the theology and practice of many evangelical Christians. But I say this with some real sorrow, and some measure of guilt.
If one's faith is entirely dedicated to adherence to right beliefs, when those beliefs are challenged or insulted, so too is one's religious life. Such an affront to the mind's assessment of right and wrong can result in extreme emotional responses.
As a liberal, progressive minister in Brooklyn, I receive frequent requests to officiate weddings of couples who want to be married by a religious leader, but who don't want to have a particular tradition's stamp pressed too deeply upon their hour of celebration.
As the president of the Unitarian Universalist Association and a man of faith, I knew it was my obligation to stand in opposition to this draconian legislation that harms immigrants and people of color, tears apart families and destroys the peace of mind within American communities.
I'm pretty out about being pansexual at church. I am sure some of my closer fellow practitioners have picked up on the poly thing. So am I ready to take the next step and let my kinky flag fly free? I'm not sure there is a choice.
Whenever people come together in Chicago to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as they did today, there invariably is the reflection on his Chicago campaign in 1966 -- when he hit a brick wall of resistance.
Now the right will claim that it is the left that is hateful and violent and that the left is "just as bad" or worse. To that I say: Prove it. If liberals are truly more violent than conservatives, this should be an easy task.