I love the hope expressed in the Gospel phrase “that they may all be one”. It was Christ’s hope for the church, and it’s the motto of my own denomination, the United Church of Christ. At the same time, I’m … Continue reading Room at the Table: When Separation is the Faithful Option
Behind my desk there are two framed certificates on the wall. One is from 2001. It is reads “Certificate of Ordination as Minister of Word and Sacrament, Presbyterian Church (USA)”. The other is from 2010. This one reads “Certificate of … Continue reading On Presbyterians, Exiles, and Apologies
This week Caitlyn Jenner’s picture appeared on the front cover of Vanity Fair. Immediately people online began to juxtapose her photo next to photos of veterans and first responders, saying that “real bravery” looked like the latter, and that Caitlyn … Continue reading Bravery is Not a Contest.
I keep telling myself that it shouldn’t matter. So long as a good message is getting out there, why does it matter who gets the credit? And in a time when the state of Indiana has passed a law that … Continue reading The Religious Liberty Quiz, and Why Crediting Original Writers Matters
A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post that two weeks later is still getting a lot of traffic. The title of the piece is “I Don’t Think I Want to Be a Progressive Christian Anymore“, and it is … Continue reading Reclaiming Progressive Christianity, Starting with Remembering Our Values
I can’t remember when I started calling myself a “progressive Christian”. I think it was probably in the mid-to-late-90’s or so. I was in my late teens and early 20’s, an openly gay college student in Atlanta, and and a … Continue reading I don’t think I want to be a “Progressive Christian” anymore.
From time to time someone will email me asking for help in finding a church. Quite often they are looking because they experienced some sort of rejection from a former faith community. If I know of a a church in … Continue reading Does “All Are Welcome” Really Mean “All Are Welcome”?: Some tips on finding a welcoming church