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My Struggle with Stonewall

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  There are few names of places whose mere utterance evokes description of social movement.  Stonewall is one such name.  On the 28th of June 1969, police raided the gay bar at the Stonewall Inn and bar patrons fought back.  Many historians and social observers argue that this was the singular moment that launched the […]

The Complete Pilgrimage Journal: A Short Story of a Long 200 mile Journey // June 12-19, 2014

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June 12 and 13   Roads comfort me.  I often find myself on bright days and dark nights between strips of white and yellow paint.  When I meet him, I often wonder who he is and what he has done with my self.  The confusion lets me know that I am still alive and perhaps […]

The Pilgrimage: A Short Story of a Long 200 mile Journey // June 18

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Walking down a busy highway late in the day was different than anything I’d done before.  People were honking and yelling as I walked.  I don’t think anyone was honking and yelling because they liked the look of a man in a robe either.  I was unnerved.  I thought about stopping.  I was tired.  I […]

The Pilgrimage: A Short Story of a Long 200 mile Journey // June 17

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Storms were coming that looked fierce but never truly developed into anything but a short shower. Red bumps filled the skin covering my right hip.  Each step I took caused my robe to rub up against those bumps and made them itch more.  I knew I was in for a hot itchy day.   The […]

The Pilgrimage: A Short Story of a Long 200 mile Journey // June 16

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  I woke up.  I woke up.  I woke up.  The transition from sleep to engagement with the world was difficult.  I felt terrible.  This was only to be my fourth day on my pilgrimage.  How would I survive?  I prayed and started to force my bones to move.   Still moving slowly, I met […]

“Embracing the Power of the Queer” – A Sermon Delivered at the Cathedral of Hope / June 4, 2014

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  adapted transcription below full video at https://www2.cathedralofhope.com/worship/2014-worship/123-2014-june/2720-june-04-sermon What a powerful thing to be standing before you tonight.  My story is convoluted and strange.  The first time I took communion from someone I knew was openly gay…was from Rev. Mike Piazza when he visited Emory University and I was a student there.  That was a […]

Jesus’ Rampage or a Quick Lesson on Jesus and Guns

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  Judas gave Jesus a kiss.  Peter knew what was going on and tossed Jesus an assault rifle.  Jesus proceeded to mow down all of those who persecuted him.  The rampage lasted through the night and Jesus hung all of his victims on crosses for the entire world to see.  When the sun arose, there […]

Our Enemies Cometh and in them Lay Our Salvation

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  I have my fair share of enemies these days.  I have found that the longer I work as both an activist and a pastor the more enemies I have.  I hear lies.  I experience violence.  I interact with evil.  In these experiences, I have discovered something surprising…my salvation.   The scriptures tell us to […]

Prayers for a Child of God

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      Fred Phelps Sr. founded the infamous Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas.  The only mantra of Phelps or the church appears to be “God Hates Fags.”  This afternoon word came out that Phelps is dying at Midland Care Hospice in Topeka.  Our church is unanimously made up of people that Phelps would […]

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