The last couple of weeks have provided me with an opportunity to think again on the dangers of being controlled by the crowd, of being conformed to the spirits of our age rather than allowing our minds to be transformed by the working of the Holy Spirit. Two weeks ago in the “new” Orthodox liturgical calendar we read Luke’s version of Jesus’ encounter with the demoniac who was possessed by Legion, so called because the forces that were driving this poor man were many. The appearance of this reading in the lectionary was providential, as it reminded me of the readings offered by René Girard and adapted to a gay audience by theologian James Alison.
This is one of the first pages I ever wrote for my first websites, but the original version had worn a little thin, so decided to re-write it…
Depending on who you ask, it’s either a Celtic name that means quick or a Welsh name that means speckled. I’m going with the former because my wit is more prominent than my spots…
For several years now LGBTQ activists have annually applied for a permit for a Pride celebration in Moscow.
And each year, their request is rejected…
And each year, in an act of civil disobedience, the activists attempt to hold some… Continue reading
On April 14, 2012 I was received into the Eastern Orthodox Church through chrismation. Below is the letter that I wrote to my family to share news of this life-changing event.
The context of the letter is rather specific. My family consists of primarily Southern Baptists who have become either independent Missionary Baptists or nondenominational Charismatics. I wrote trying to build some bridges with those traditions, and as a result, left out many of the finer points of Church history and theology. But I post it here in case it’s helpful to anyone else.
I first read Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five at some point in college. Published in 1969, Slaughterhouse-Five is commonly lauded as one of the top 100 literary works of the 20th century. Billy Pilgrim is a man who has come unstuck in time, bouncing through episodes of his past, the present, and even to his death in the future. Abducted by aliens from Tralfamadore for a display in their zoo, Billy learns that while human beings experience time in a linear fashion, the Tralfamadorians perceive all of time at once. This provides them with some interesting insights into the divisions of the sexes:
I woke up early this morning. It appears I’ve reached that age where it doesn’t really matter how late I went to bed or how much more sleep I could really use. My automatic alarm sounds when daylight creeps through the bedroom window.
Yesterday I received a note from the University of Chicago Divinity School with news of my admission to the PhD program in theology! The news is still a little hard to take in. After four months of waiting, the opportunity that I’ve been hoping for has finally come to be!
After six years of Battlestar Galactica, it’s hard to adjust to a different show with a whole new look and feel. But after the pilot and just two episodes, Caprica is starting to turn into something interesting in its own right.
After a passing comment in last week’s episode that was easy to miss, this week revealed one of the characters as both married and gay. What makes this different from most American TV with married gay characters is that he’s married to another man…
[SPOILER ALERT – Don’t go any further if you don’t want to know who it is…]
I love drag queens. My hat is off to any man who has what it takes to tuck, pluck, and don those dresses.
Gender bender films are fun, but nothing brings me sheer joy and kid giggles like a drag queen who owns the stage with a larger-than-life presence.
I was an undergrad at UK the first time I went to a drag show. Nothing in my life had prepared me for walking into a bar full of sequined gowns, high hair, and even a performer with flaming torches and a boa constrictor…