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Nov. 24th, 2009

LGBTStillSpeakingUCC

misterc

"Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule."

How sadly ironic that at least one thing GLBTQI people and people of faith (which, of course, also includes GLBTQI people) share in common is that we're both hated equally?

Nov. 12th, 2009

Take Care Of Each Other

misterc

Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

The D.C. Catholic Archdiocese has threatened to stop helping thousands of the needy in the nation's capital if the District's City Council approves a pending bill which states that marriage between 2 people in the District of Columbia shall not be denied or limited on the basis of gender, and which also ensure[s] that no minister of any religious society who is authorized to celebrate marriages shall be required to celebrate any marriage...or solemnization of a same-sex marriage.

Though the Catholic Church in general is not usually known as a great supporter of GLBTQI equality, apparently this Archdiocese on this issue, has chosen to demonstrate their obvious displeasure with this bill by revealing a predilection toward being particularly punitive: castigating not just same-sex-loving people & our "enablers", but anyone & everyone in need under their religious purview.

There goes the baby...Collapse )

Nov. 9th, 2009

Happiness

misterc

I Believe In Angels



Nov. 4th, 2009

Prop 8

misterc

Don't Tell Me Who To Love

If you haven't seen it, you really need to see the video of Ray Boltz's song "Don't Tell Me Who To Love" under the cut.

Today, it feels especially appropriate to keep Ray's beautifully-sung words, and the undying hope they represent always in our minds & in our hearts:

Now there always will be hatred and voices that condemn.
Oh, but I believe that true love is gonna make it in the end.


As California goes, so goes...MaineCollapse )

Nov. 3rd, 2009

LegaltoLove

misterc

I Still Love Love

Oct. 22nd, 2009

Happiness

misterc

What Do You Think I Fought For On Omaha Beach?

Meet 86-year-old Philip Spooner. He lives in Maine & is a veteran of World War II, and has 4 children. He gave testimony earlier this year at a hearing regarding marriage equality for same-sex couples in his home state. His words are sometimes difficult to hear & understand, but still, he speaks so clearly & eloquently on why it's wrong to deny to equality to all citizens. As Mr. Spooner explains, equality for ALL of his children & ALL Americans is why he put his life on the line for this great country all those years ago. Please give Mr. Spooner a listen...

Oct. 19th, 2009

Anti-war

bruorton

Monday morning encouragement

I figured we can all use some positive news now and then, so how about a story about the involvement of the religious left in the fight for marriage equality going on right now in Maine?

What I like best about this is not just that it's highlighting the great activist work being done in that fight, but also that the story itself is another sign of progress toward wider recognition of the religious left as a presence in our culture and politics.

And that is very good news indeed.

Oct. 7th, 2009


theeyrie

Wiki bible

So some of you may have seen this article about the Conservative Bible Project. It would be funny if it weren't true. Basically some folk at Conservapedia have decided that all modern bible translations are too liberal. It seems only the King James Version was untainted by liberal bias...although even it has some "errors" (such as passages which probably weren't part of the original and which should be left out of the new, improved bible). It's a wiki re-translation project...I find it incredibly amusing that they are using the KJV as their authoritative source...it seems that Christianity is only palatable to them if it is filtered through the mores of the 17th century translators. Unfortunately, some important conservative concepts didn't exist at the time of good King James, so they are also changing the language to reflect modern, conservative thinking. It seems from a perusal of Mark that it means, among other things, referring to the scribes, and sometimes the Pharisees, as intellectuals...those tricky intellectuals!

Anyhow, just thought some of you would find it interesting. Unfortunately they haven't gotten to Matt 5:39 yet, I'm really dying to see how they mesh that with their brand of conservativism.

x-posted to christianleft

Oct. 4th, 2009

LGBTStillSpeakingUCC

misterc

On Faith

When I look back on my faith walk thus far, I can remember so much that very nearly destroyed me. I remember feeling so alone sometimes, and so worthless. My experience in Christianity has not been easy & I've had so many reasons & so many chances to just give up & get out, but--somehow--I couldn't.

I still struggle every day to "keep the faith" when there are still so many out there who are so sure that I am not "one of them" & that I cannot share their God with them unless I change everything about myself that they don't like.

Faith Isn't EasyCollapse )

Sep. 28th, 2009

Take Care Of Each Other

misterc

Not Only Does She Know Why The Caged Bird Sings...

No commentary needed at all for this piece of wisdom from the magnificent Maya Angelou:

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

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