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: http://www.oregonlive.com/faith/2015/03/largest_presbyterian_denominat.html

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.

Pax!

B

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.

Pax!

B

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Kathleen Saadat! In the Presence of Our Ongoing Story


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

Historic.

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.

Pax!

B

Monday, February 9, 2015

Portland Tribune Interview: All are welcome in this house of God!


Honored to be covered in the Portland Tribune for being at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Portland, OR.


Here's a link to the article: http://portlandtribune.com/scc/122-neighbors/249243-116288-you-are-welcome-here

All are welcome--ALL--to St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church.

Pax!

B

Monday, January 26, 2015

Reaching Out, Reaching In: Welcoming LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ People at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Portland, OR

Yesterday at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church (PCUSA), Rev. Jeremy Watson, Assoc. Pastor, preached.  The first sermon illustration he used was the protest of the Westboro Baptist Church while he was attending the Gay Christian Network gathering a few weeks ago.

I smiled outwardly and inwardly.  I wasn't preaching about it (though I used the reference earlier in the month): Jeremy was preaching about it.

There is something empowering when the two ministers--one gay and one not-gay--show solidarity in that preaching moment, talking about it slightly differently but nonetheless using the story as an affirmation of how we should follow Jesus.

Powerful.

Hopeful.

Love-filled.

Pax!

B

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Protesting Westboro Baptist and Imitation Game



Imitation Game, with Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, had me transfixed toward the end of the film as I watched "Turing" twitching from the effects of the medication he was taken after he was sentenced with "gross indecency" in the UK.  He eventually killed himself rather than go through further pain of the medication and the depression of having to deny his humanity. This sentence "gross indecency" was also the bane of writer Oscar Wilde's life.

Gross indecency.

That's what the public in the UK and the US wanted those of us who are LGBTQ to feel: that we and our lives were guilty of "gross indecency."

The group from Westboro Baptist Church and their minions want to actually go back to the day and age in which I too could be sentenced and found guilty of "gross indecency." That I would be shamed.  That I would be given medicine to dull the God given testosterone in me.  That I would eventually kill myself. Die of cancer.  A heart attack.

The signs of Westboro play in my head.  Hopefully the songs like "We are one in the Spirit" will play in their heads.

Pax,

B