This is a blog site dedicated to issues concerning LGBTQ parents and our children, and LGBTQ children in our families, touching on issues of family, faith, and the culture in which we live.
Monday, April 14, 2008
St. John the Divine Cathedral Reading and Satyagraha!
On Sunday, April 13th, between 10-15 people gathered around a large table to talk about issues raised in the book On Being a Gay Parent at St. John the Divine Cathedral in NYC right after the 11:00 worship. It was a wonderful discussion, in which nothing was taken for granted in terms of the contours and ways of being family. I appreciate the give-and-take of raising issues that challenge and shape our families, gay and straight alike.
That evening, after spending time in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I went back for the Evening Vespers, followed by a public forum on Satyagraha, which means "truth force" of non-violent struggle, based upon the work of Gandhi, but recognized as well by other faith traditions, with Jesus Christ, along with the Christian civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. In contemplating the intersection of contemplation and the engagement of social action in the world for our families--gay and straight alike--how do we recognize and celebrate and "be" the change we want to see in the world? Or as MLK, Jr., said the right time to do the right thing is right now.
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I am a dad, who happens to be gay, with two amazing young adult children who have taught me, my partner, and their mom what grace, faith, hope, and love are all about. I am also an ordained clergyperson in the Presbyterian Church (USA), involved in congregational life, sometimes preaching here and there, and an oblate of St. Benedict's Monastery in St. Joseph, MN. I taught at Duke Divinity School at Duke University for over a decade, and I currently teach at North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC. I teach Ethics, World Religions, and English. And I am the Director of a religious non-profit, "School of the Pilgrim" (www.schoolofthepilgrim.com), in which I take people on actual pilgrimages to break out of the religion of rush hour in order to find their inner spiritual path. I am also glad to work with and be an advocate with people living with disabilities in faith communities, who teach me more about life in all its wonders and quirks. Enjoy the blog! And for more information about the book ON BEING A GAY PARENT, go to www.onbeingagayparent.com. Email contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, and phone is 919-444-9111