Unity is possible, even where there are deep theological divides. When the Religious Right ascended to power through the latter part of the twentieth century, it was impacting San Francisco politics, particularly around civil rights for LGBTQ people. The Human Rights Commission of the city invited me to present a talk on the history of … Continue reading How Weekly Lunches Taught Me Gay Clergy & The Religious Right Can Work Together
I do not have the luxury of waiting. I cannot count how many times leading up to the election of #45 I was told “We’ll wait and see” by individuals who refused to see and acknowledge the white supremacy latent in his rhetoric. What surprised me most is that I heard this response consistently from … Continue reading Loving Like Jesus in the Time of White Supremacy
As parents, as followers of Jesus, and as our brother’s keeper, we are all called to the work of justice. And as Rev. John Perkins says, “We are to be incarnated into the pain of those we are called to.” As parents, and as people of faith, we all have a great responsibility to teach … Continue reading Teaching Our White Children About The Intersection of Faith and Justice
We often stay silent and do nothing by convincing ourselves the offense isn’t actually that offensive. Sometimes we don’t speak up because the injustice doesn’t affect our daily lives. We don’t understand the impact of a law or the injustice inflicted on others because it doesn’t impact the people closest to us or it isn’t … Continue reading The Bible Tells Us to Speak Up Against a Corrupt Government
A few weeks ago my church hosted a table at a community festival for LGBTQ people in our city. As is the case at many gatherings like these, the event was interrupted by protesters holding grotesque anti-gay signs and shouting epitaphs of judgment through a scratchy sound system. Like us, they purported to be Christians. … Continue reading Wresting with Holy Anger After Our LBGTQ Festival was Interrupted by Anti-Gay Protesters
It’s easy for me to resent my Jewish background sometimes. It’s the biggest reason I still feel like an outsider around Christians.