Whosoever May/June 2013
Issue Theme: Misfits Among Misfits
Below are just some of the great articles in the latest issue.
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They'll Know We Are Misfits By Our Love
By: Candace Chellew-Hodge
It's only when we embrace and live into our misfits among misfits nature - like Jesus - that we are able to see through the hateful words and really see the humanity of those who seek to attack or condemn us.
Why does Jesus Eat With Homosexuals?
By: Gary Simpson
Jesus fellowships with the outcast, because they need to hear more loudly and more repeatedly the assurance of God's love, because they need to see God's face more often and because they need the put their fingers in the wounds of Jesus' hands more often to comprehend God's love.
Queen Esther Goes to A.A.
By: Lori Heine
Nobody in the Church has been treated more shamefully than we have. Yet many of us -- an ever-growing number -- refuse to be driven out.
We Are Not Three-Fifths of a Human Being
By: Rev. Paul Turner
This struggle for "Marriage Equality" is the final argument of whether or not gay people are fully human and on equal footing with the rest of this creation we call human. It is the 3/5 of a human being all over again debate all over again.
Moral God and Immoral Nature:
An Evening with Rabbi Kushner
By: Frank Kajfes
Kushner believes that, though God created a magnificent world for humans, there are some parts of life God cannot control.
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" ... the God of the fundamentalists is superficially exacting - demanding technical perfection in regard to ceremonial and legal matters while minimizing deeper concerns about social justice - especially where outsiders and outcasts are concerned. Similarly, the fundamentalist God is exclusive, faithfully loving one in-group and rejecting - perhaps even hating - all others."
-- Brian McLaren in A New Kind of Christianity
As LGBT people of faith, we are all too familiar with fundamentalists - those who tell us that God hates us and will reject us for all eternity unless we "repent" and become the type of people they (and God) can approve of - heterosexual.
It can be hard to deal with fundamentalists, or even understand the mindset and worldview of such people, especially if they are members of our family or close friends. No amount of arguing can seem to change them. Not even showing them the love and light in our lives seems to help them see that God loves and accepts us.
How can we learn how to love, if not understand, fundamentalists even if they never agree with us or stop condemning us? How, more importantly, can we keep from becoming just like them, fundamentalist in our own beliefs and worldview?
We'll explore those questions and more in the July/August 2013 issue of Whosoever. If you would like to write on this topic, or any other topic, please send an email to the editor.
Deadline: June 28, 2013