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Friday, January 22, 2010
Prelude to a Kiss: Ghost and Spice Production at Common Ground Theater, Durham, NC! A Must See Event
Last night we went and saw a performance of Craig Lucas' play, "Prelude to a Kiss." As many of you remember, in this story an older gentleman and a bride spontaneously kiss at a wedding, her wedding, and the souls of these two people switch places. What ensues for most of Act II is the hysterical and poignant moments of love betrayed and loved extolled. In the older man's body is the soul of a young woman, and vice versa.
Lucas wrote this in the early days of the AIDS crisis, reminding us of the people who were stricken by the disease who were still the people they always were and are and will be. In other words, it is learning to love the entirety of a person, and not simply the outter shell, the object of someone's desire.
In coming out of our closets, what many of us told those who love us and whom we love is simply this: now you know more of who I am, and I can be more fully who I am, who God created me to be, in this world.
Chapel Hill and Carrboro, North Carolina, United States
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