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.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Fagiography...Or Who are Our Beloved Ones in the LGBTQ Community
Hagiography is the study of saints.
Fagiography, according to a paper presented in 2003 at the American Academy of Religion gathering, is the study of the "beloved" people who have led the LGBTQ community for several years, and have literally "stood out" because of their witness to living truthfully and honestly.
My friend Brian brought the term to my mind recently, and when reading about the upcoming movie presentation(s) on the life and times of Harvey Milk of S.F., I've thought about the beloved people who have lived life largely, broadly, and fabulously.
And who are the LGBTQ parents who stand out? Dan Savage has done a remarkable job of "putting truth" out there in my estimation as a gay parent. There are others who have written books on the subject, and they stand out. Lots of lesbian parents stand out, who published and pioneered the way for adoption, in vitro medicine techniques, and day care programs.
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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: email@example.com, and phone is 919-444-9111