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The Inaccessible Pulpit: Rev. Justin Hancock and the Struggle for the Rights of Disabled Persons

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“I can’t preach in your pulpit,” United Methodist Rev. Justin Hancock informed the small audience at the Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ.  Everyone looked around stunned, until someone finally gathered the nerve to ask, “What do you mean?”  “Your pulpit is not accessible to persons in wheelchairs,” Hancock poignantly replied.  Ours is a […]

following jesus: apoem

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  do not be afraid yet we have fear give without payment yet we can’t survive shake the dust off yet we are still dirty is this what we are supposed to do travel around and die with you  

A Gender Revelation: The Forming Hood Twins

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Sonograms are interesting experiences for parents who dare to believe their children are gendered unique in the image of God.  The dichotomy of boy and girl seem trite and misguided when staring at the formation of life.  I refused to allow the technician’s misguided question of “Do you want to know the gender of the […]

Prayers from Pride Sunday at Cathedral of Hope

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  Today is a day of celebration for liberation.  We are the people of God.  We are the people of liberation.  On this Pride Sunday, let us not forget those whose liberation is not yet complete.  We remember all who still face oppression and marginalization in our world.  Let us pray.   This morning we […]

Would Jesus March at Dallas Pride?

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The many closet doors will be closed tightly at Dallas Pride.  Behind the smiles and drunken debauchery, there will be terror about what it would mean to leave the new normal that many have developed.  Most of the participants will have told their parents and friends about their sexuality or gender, but few will have […]

I AM the Light of the World: Connecting Queerly with the Gospel of John at Living Faith Covenant Church

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  Queer Theology goes beyond identity.  Queer Theology seeks to affirm people for who God has created them to be.  So often we give categories and identities to provide description for who we are.  We forget that we were created in the image of God and that the core of us is that dear image.  […]

Book Review: I AM TROY DAVIS

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*First published in Fellowship Magazine Summer 2014 // http://forusa.org/fellowship/2014/summer-fall/book-review-i-am-troy-davis/13032   On the evening of September 21, 2011, I stood outside of the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison. In front of me, row after row of police officers stood dressed in riot gear, slapping their batons against their shields and daring anyone to make a move. […]

LOVE: Wrestling with the Wrestlings of Paul and the Root of Our Self

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*Delivered at Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ in Dallas, Texas on 9/18/2014 We are in the midst of a series entitled “Wrestling with Romans.”  I think if we are going to be honest with our self and study the book of Romans then we have to talk about the wrestlings of a Roman […]

A Lesbian is Murdered and Nobody Cares…

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  “Lesbian Murdered.”  What if that was all the news headlines said?  I have a feeling that most of the progressive community would be up in arms and ready to fight.  There would be petitions and rallies demanding action.  We would invoke the name of God and whatever else we could get a hold of […]

Remembering Queerly: Words from Conversations on Theology and Activism at Galileo Church

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  There are moments we never forget.  These moments meet and transform us.  I am the product of such a moment.   I was a young man with much assumed knowledge and even more conviction about who and what God was.  I believed that the Bible spoke clearly and our task was to respond clearly.  […]

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