In the past few weeks and months, it seems as though the campaign for marriage equality in America has hit its stride.
In a show of solidarity, LGBT organizations across the country are standing with the family of Michael Brown, the African-American teenager who was fatally shot by police in Ferguson, Missouri.
My church, First Church Congregational in Rochester NH, has been "Open and Affirming" (a designation of the United Church of Christ) since 2002.
Imagine a congregant who is commited to a straight, traditional marriage, coming to you, the pastor, distressed by finding homoerotic websites on a spouse’s computer.
Or what would you think, or do, if a teenager in the youth group where you are an advisor, comes out, one evening, as bisexual?
When it was evening, the disciples came to Jesus and said, "This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves." Jesus said to them, "They need not go away; you give them something to eat."––Matthew 14: 15-16
Sometimes the personal truly is political.
Today, I read a letter sent by three Catholic bishops to U.S. lawmakers. The letter endorses a bill that would allow publicly funded child welfare agencies to refuse to place children for foster care and adoption with same-sex couples due to "their religious beliefs or moral convictions."
As a kid, I was a big reader. My favorite books centered around characters who would take off to live alone in the wild, sometimes with a furry friend for company.
Often these characters felt that they were different from everyone else—like they didn’t belong.
Embracing celibacy as an appropriate religious calling to be a God-abiding LGBTQ Christian is now on the rise.
And I didn’t know my sexual orientation was still up for debate—no joke.
Last spring, I wrote about a young woman named Dannika Nash who quoted the Macklemore song "Same Love" in some frank advice to the institutional church on behalf of millennials.