But my mind still can’t help but return the darkness and fear I felt during my first night on Lake Ida and wonder what my former camper experienced. Did my former camper feel pain? Was he scared? What was going on in his mind as his lungs filled with water? More importantly, was God there with him?
We need to talk, ya’ll. I personally know 3 people who have taken their lives in as many months. All under the age of 40. In my 35 years of life I can recall maybe 1 suicide among my peers and now I’m averaging 1 a month. This is not normal. Not to mention the … Continue reading 1-800-273-8255
Jesus’s complicated identity shows us a path toward queer welcome. Queering welcome is an invitation to call into question what identity is—how we use it to limit and restrict, welcome and reject people. It destabilizes and refashions identities not as strict categories but as multiplicities and subjectivities. It unmakes and remakes psyches. It has impacts on the subconscious and consciousness. It undermines the larger systems and inserts itself into the struggle within ordinary, everyday conflicts.
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
We need to preach and believe in a God whose love is manifest not through a bloody death but through the explicit condemnation of abuse and who actively works to journey with and heal those who have been abused by loved ones, strangers, and/or societal institutions.
It’s easy for me to resent my Jewish background sometimes. It’s the biggest reason I still feel like an outsider around Christians.