Monthly Archives: June 2009

The Perversion of Heterosexuality.

Theologian Sally Gearhart has written: “Exclusive heterosexuality has to be understood as a perversion of [humanity’s] natural state.  We very quickly rob infants of their health and wholesomeness.  We require them from birth to fall into one of two widely…

“To the Tune of a Welcoming God”

Michael Bayley at The Wild Reed has drawn my attention to David Weiss’ book “To the Tune of a Welcoming God: Lyrical reflections on sexuality, spirituality, and the wideness of God’s welcome“, and posts two excerpts from the book. In…

“Coming Out” as Wrestling with the Divine

At this time of Pride, marking the 40th anniversary of Stonewall, I wanted to post something on the important legacy of visibility and coming out. After mulling over some thoughts on what to say, I picked up Richard Cleaver’s “Know…

Jeremiah’s Return

Over at Gospel for Gays, Jeremiah has written of his own return to the Catholic Church.  After being driven away originally in anger a the Canadian Bishops over their opposition to gay marriage he returned eventually after a discussion with…

Gospel Reflections

Numerous writers have excellent Gospel reflections – fewer write specifically from an LGBT perspective. I would recommend that you develop your own personal ones – but this is not so easy if you are new to it.  To get you…

6 Month Review: Thanks to All

It is now 6 months since I lunched “Queering the Church”, six months which have been enriching and rewarding.  It is time to step back and reflect on the ups and downs, to give thanks, and to redirect where necessary.…

UK: Support for Gay Equality Grows

“A revolution in attitudes towards gay men and lesbians: Church out of Touch”. In this month celebrating 40 years since Stonewall, the Times reports this weekend on an important opinion poll showing strong support for further advancing legal protections for…

Sharing our Stories

In Redemptive Intimacy, Dick Westley argues persuasively that revelation is constantly being unfolded for us by the Holy Spirit, and that one way that the church can interpret this continuing revelation for our times is by listening carefully to our personal…

St Paulinus of Nola, Gay Bishop.

Although some would dispute the description of Paulinus as ‘gay’, the description seems to me entirely appropriate to his sensibility. Although history records no evidence of physical expression of his same sex attraction, nor is there any evidence against it.…

Heterosexual Privilege

I am grateful to kevinchi, at Pam’s House Blend, for a link to a listing of  “heterosexual privilege.”  The list is long, and easily extended: it took me about 2 minutes to add 4 of my own: Growing up straight:…