I was baptized a few weeks before my 19th birthday because of the Book of Romans and its assurance that once you come to Christ, your mind is renewed and you are set free from the bondage of sin.
I grew up learning about a God who was a “He.” Sporting a white beard and positively owning that throne in the sky, this was a God who threw lightning bolts when you strayed from the path of righteousness.
When I got to college, I took a necessary break from believing in God.
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?
We as human beings are constantly seeking our life story while sometimes comparing ours to others.
This is my story.
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.
Dear Pope Francis,
In your time as Pope, your commitment to poverty has awakened the world to the evils of globalization, capitalism, and materialism. Many now understand poverty to be a structural sin and a social evil. Through your public statements you have sparked the interest of Catholics and non-Catholics, believers and atheists.
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.