I gave a talk at Emory and Henry College on my three loves: love of family, love of Jesus, and love of dogs.
I began the talk with a provocative stab: I live in a country in which legislators in AZ passed a bill that discriminates against me as a part of the tribe LGBTQ; that Uganda's President signed a bill condemning LGBTQ to life in prison, and that Mormons are telling students at Brigham University not to masturbate.
What a time to be alive?
We are on the crest of history unfolding.
What I'm aware of is that the unfolding blurs lines of state, culture, and religion. They are all now enmeshed, and hard to separate.
This is not a time to be silent but to speak out, pointing to the danger of these actions by people here and abroad.
Dear LGBTQ parents, friends, allies, and family members...
Big push here: I need 12 people (6 minimum) to go on pilgrimage along St. Cuthbert's Way: Melrose Abbey to Lindisfarne, England.
Here's the blurb:
Pilgrims! St. Cuthbert's Way calls you to come and walk to Lindisfarne
on this holy trek. Six pilgrims have signed up! Six openings left! Come
and walk the way of St. Cuthbert to Lindisfarne, England, a.k.a., "The
Holy Isle!" Pilgrims will meet on the night of Sat., May 24, at Melrose
Abbey, and end on Thursday, May May 31st on Lindisfarne. This is a 65
miles, or 13 miles a day. The cost for this
pilgrimage, which includes tents (tents with cots, tables, chairs and
lights!) and 3 meals a day, plus transportation of our materials is
$990. Trail Trekkers will provide the tents and meals along the way.
There is room for 6 more pilgrims! Any questions? Ask Brett
Webb-Mitchell, Director of the School of the Pilgrim,
firstname.lastname@example.org/919-444-9111, or visit: www.schoolofthepilgrim.com: http://schoolofthepilgrim.com/upcoming.htm
Come one! Come all! Need a firm number by the end of March, 2014!
Call me an old fart, but it is incredible that high schools and colleges and universities have homecoming events, let alone homecoming kings and queens.
But here is a happy piece about a young man, Blake, who is going to be a homecoming king in East Mecklenberg High School in Charlotte, NC. For this transgender youth, this is a big deal...and it is a big deal for society in general, let alone the South.
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