A Gender Revelation: The Forming Hood Twins


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 […]

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


  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.  […]

The Danger of Debating with Jesus: Hobby Lobby and the Incarnated Christ at LaGuardia


“If you want to be a slut then be a slut on your own dime not mine.”  These were the second to last concluding words of a conversation I just had with an older Christian woman at LaGuardia Airport in New York.  Just to be clear, I don’t just walk around talking to random people […]

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


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 16


  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


  adapted transcription below full video at 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 Sells Drugs: An Easter Message


I have known many Easters. I remember one Easter morning as a child realizing Jesus quite literally loved us to death.  I was overwhelmed by the enormity of such love.  Later that same day, I looked up at a depiction of Noah’s Ark and thought that this Jesus of love sounded much better than the […]

A Girl Named Peter and the Path to God


    Welcome to Lent.  This is not a time of celebration for the fuzz that sometimes inhabits your pockets.  Rather this is a time of reflection for seeking and being.  We gather this morning on a dark mysterious dot in the middle of the cosmos traveling into time and space as a community of people.  This is a […]

Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Us and the Denial of Death


  Phillip Seymour Hoffman was found dead earlier today with a needle in his arm and emptied bags of heroin littered around him.  The temptation will be for all of us to distance ourselves from his death by arguing that we live so much cleaner than he did.  If we succumb to such temptation, we […]