Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Kim Davis, the Pope, and Me

As a Presbyterian pastor who is gay, and a dad, let me quickly say that I am not surprised at all about the latest dust up regarding this Pope meeting with Kim Davis, of Rowan County, KY fame, who denies same sex couples marriage licenses whenever possible.

The reason I'm not surprised?  The Pope, like his predecessors, is conservative and a traditionalist.  He understands that marriage is only between a man and woman, for the purpose of pro-creation.  It is natural law theology/philosophy, made part of the canon thanks to St. Aquinas.

His comment, "Who am I to judge?" was just a nicer packaging of the same old trope.

It is what it is.

And I'm not a Roman Catholic.



Thursday, May 21, 2015

No Conversion Therapy/Reparative Therapy in OR

Again: a difference between NC and OR.

In OR, Gov. Kate Brown signed legislature that banned conversion or reparative therapy in the state of OR.

In NC, the legislature is still trying to find ways to restrict the rights of LGBTQ people from marrying.

What a difference.

Here's the article about the state government's actions:



Welcoming ALL at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church.

Lee Ellis and Tom Galey, two men who are deaf and happen to be gay, joined St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Portland, OR, on April 12, 2015.

And more LGBTQ people are coming by and worshipping with us.

This is great!

You are ALL welcome.

Please say "hi" when dropping by. And stay around and visit in the Narthex afterward.

Pax! B

Monday, March 23, 2015

PCUSA Welcomes ALL Who Are Married or Wish to be Married

The PCUSA opened up the definition of marriage to include BOTH same sex couples and the language of "traditional one man and one wife," though the pastor has discretion over whom she or he will marry, and the Session discretion over whether or not the space will accommodate a wedding of a same sex couple:

Here's the link to the story:

Pax, B

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Difference Between NC and OR

The best way to say it? Get back to your closet.

The Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill/Carrboro area feels so constrictive compared to Portland/Multnomah County.  I've enjoyed hanging around various places in Portland with no feeling of fear for being gay.  I meet more LGBTQ daily in my life in Portland than I do in Chapel Hill or Durham. I feel accepted for who I am more in Portland than I did in the RDU area.

Just taking notice.



Thursday, February 19, 2015

In Solidarity with Christ Church

In the last few days I've gotten to know Adam Philips and his wife, who with his church, Christ Church, an Evangelical Covenant Church plant in Portland, OR, has been kicked out of the denomination because of their support of LGBTQ people. Crazy buy true.

I've had the pleasure of getting to know Adam via emails, hope to have coffee with him next week, and read all about him in the mail.  I support him as a pastor, regret that they have to find another space, lost the money from Evangelical Cov. Church, and will be with him and his church in terms of solidarity of support.



Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Kathleen Saadat! In the Presence of Our Ongoing Story

I was pleased and honored to hear Kathleen Saadat this morning.


She is an out lesbian black activist in the Portland, OR area.  From St. Louis, MO, she has been on the forefront of change in Portland, OR throughout the years.