Monthly Archives: December 2009

More Queer Progress in Church

The progress to acceptance in the ECLA and Episcopalian churches is well-known: both were all over the news back in the summer. There is progress across the board though, low-key and incremental rather than large-scale and dramatic – but progress…

The Power of Film

I seem to be seeing an awful lot of stories of new documentaries on queer faith. This is great- film is a powerful medium, and lends itself well for use in getting discussion going in parish or other faith groups.…

Prostitution in the Service of the Lord?

From Australia comes a story of a father who allegedly forced his 14 year old son to have sex with a prostitute, because he suspected the boy was gay. There is nothing new in enlisting the services of prostitutes to…

The Value of Applying Pressure:Uganda

For several long months, criticism from (mostly US) gay groups and bloggers directed at Uganda’s hostile legislation appeared to be hopeless, as church and mainstream rights groups remained silent, and the Ugandan bigots garnered high -profile support from some American…

The See of St Peter: Compare & Contrast

Watching news coverage of the attack on B16 during Midnight Mass, I was struck by the magnificence of the interior of St Peter’s. It is central the the theory of the papacy that is stands in a direct line of…

Gay King Wenceslas

Kittredge atJesus in Love Blog has a Christmas treat for the followers of the queer saints that she and I both like to explore: “Gay King Wenceslas“. In a notable achievement, she is drawing on some unpublished research, and also…

O Little Town of Bethlehem

As a corrective to the sentimental, emasculated “Baby Jesus” take on Christmas, I offer instead this remarkably adult advent hymn which we used at the end of our LGBT Soho Mass last Sunday: Recessional: We cannot tell (The Londonderry Air…