Volume 11: Issue 1
the Spiritual Harvest:
Celebrating 10 Years of Whosoever
us rise up and build!"
A Ministry of Harvest
Table Of Contents
Story: "Let us rise up and build!"
A Ministry of Harvest:
Creating Sacred Cyberspace
--By: Candace Chellew-Hodge
For the past decade Whosoever has strived to carve
out a sacred space where we can build Christian community for those
who have been rejected by mainstream religion - rejected by those
who believe they know the sacred when they see it, and Whosoever's
community builders are definitely not within their definition of sacred.
Building on the Cornerstone
--By: Lori Heine
Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Christians
can well identify with the plight of the rejected cornerstone. We,
too, have been rejected by “the builders” – cast aside, outside the
walls of the holy city, neglected, rejected and reviled. When I read
of the cornerstone – mentioned, actually, several times in Scripture
– the story resonates with me in a special way.
--By: John Campbell
Sometimes in order to get to a better place, there
is a lot of serious work that needs to be done, and at times that
process can be painful, very stressful and make one wish why on earth
they ever voluntarily undertook such a task, but the end result makes
us wonder why we ever even thought of giving up halfway through, and
very glad we didn't.
Know Your Enemy
--By: Stacy Reynolds
Since I came out, I've had many people tell me many times that other
Christians are not the enemy. Satan making them believe we are the
enemy is our downfall. You would think the enemy of my enemy is my
friend, but unfortunately that is not the real way of the world. However,
Satan is your primary concern.
--By: Lori Heine
The American Right is now in the process of imploding upon itself.
How can we know, for certain, that it is about to tumble into a great,
black hole of irrelevance and absurdity? Because the “stands” it is
now taking run diametrically counter to everything it has ever claimed
to hold dear.
Redemption from the Remnant
--By: Levi Rowland
always worked with remnants and small tortured groups. GLBT people,
I believe, are that new remnant which will show mercy and love.
We are tortured, beaten, disenfranchised and persecuted.
Speaking silence, who cares?
--By: Wanjiru Kariuki
Clearly, church leaders view heterosexuality as the normative Christian
sexuality. In the end, ‘non-heterosexuals’ become silenced and therefore
subjugated whether they are Christians or not.
The Original Offering
--By: Suzie Chamness
If we share in Jesus' life we shall be people of God. Sharing in this
life means acceptance of a life that radiates outwardly and originates
within us. God's spirit is available within but only through faith
in that inward spirit can we recognize and accept God.
The Second Coming:
A Sermon of Sorts (actually, a short story)
--By: David R. Gillespie, M.Div
I can understand why some people want to believe Jesus is coming back
to earth. I'm sure it offers them some sense of comfort and gives
history, both their own and that of the universe, some sense of purpose
and goal and direction. But I also understand that my life, in and
of itself, already has purpose.
Exploding the Myths of Jesus, the Bible
--By: Candace Chellew-Hodge
Rogers' new book calls the church back to its neo-orthodox roots and
challenges the church and its members to again look through that lens
of Jesus' redemptive life and ministry and discover afresh what the
church discovered about past controversial issues as it debates homosexuality.
Putting Faith in America
--By: Candace Chellew-Hodge
do a defrocked Methodist minister, a furniture maker and a former, self-described,
homophobic, right-wing bigot have in common? A commitment to ending
religious-based discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender
people. Their weapon of choice? Advertising.
An Open Letter to my Gay, Lesbian,
Transgendered Brothers And Sisters in Christ
--By: V. Gene Robinson, Bishop of New Hampshire
because the Church lost its courage, just because the Church was willing
to sacrifice US for access to a conversation with Anglicans around
the world (which they hardly seem ready to engage in themselves),
it does NOT mean that God has changed. If you listen carefully, God
is STILL saying to God's LGBT children, "You are my beloved. In you
I am well pleased."
Jesusless: The Church
--By: Robert S. McElvaine
Coulter and millions of her fellow adherents to ChristianityLite --
a "religion" that is the equivalent of a "Lose weight without diet or
exercise" scam ("Easy Jesus! Be saved without sacrifice or good works!")
-- have aborted Jesus and rewritten his teachings to suit their own selfish
Skewed Perceptions of Christianity
--By: Rev. Dr. Jerry Maneker
is paying a very heavy price for the indolence of so many in not confronting
the legalistic and prejudice-driven perversions of the Gospel. We
may expect to see increasing numbers of intelligent, sensitive Christians
leave moribund and oppressive churches and denominations to form their
own worship communities, free from unjust patriarchal and hierarchical
strictures, and free from traditions that make void the Word of God.
--By: Archbishop Bruce J. Simpson, OSJB
It is time to get out of Iraq now -- it is another Vietnam, and we still
have not learned from the past.
Letters to the Editor
Decade of Whosoever:
My Vision for Whosoever
-- By: Rev. Dr. Jerry Maneker
can and will continue to be as viable and necessary as it has been
for the past ten years! It must continue to emphasize that God's love
is unconditional and that God loves all of His children
Finding the Light
-- By: Jean Marsh
group has become for me, a great light. A place for me to be me. To allow
others touch me, and me them, in a way that only we can recognize. To
realise that the teachings we had heard, were lies. Jesus' words to me,
that I've hung onto for many a year, 'The Kingdom of God is within you'.
Yes it is, and praise Him for those words, for here in this group, all
of us so different, yet the same, God's children, and He loves us just
the same as everyone else.
Subsidiarity and the Same-Sex
-- By: Nate Nelson
Is there a conservative argument to
be made against an amendment to the U.S. Constitution banning same-sex marriage?
Marriage Amendments Threaten Religious Freedom
-- By: Bob Minor
The Federal Marriage Amendment recently defeated again by the Senate
must be put to rest permanently because it is anti-American. Yet, it's
anti-American not only because it would be the first amendment to write
discrimination of a group of people into the Constitution.
-- By: Richard Molling aka Rachel Miller
attuned to the impact that discrimination had on cross-dressers, I
had become increasingly aware of other forms of discrimination. I
was especially concerned about discrimination as expressed towards
gays and specifically discrimination in regards to same-sex marriage.
Over time I became a strong advocate for gay civil rights, and now
I wanted to speak out on these issues as Rachel.
From the Pulpit:
Engaging Grace Compassionately
--By: Deacon Erny Phipps
You must understand that compassion isn't simply having pity on someone
or even finding some sympathy for them. As we look deeper into the fullness
of the word compassion, we must understand that it is broader than that.
It is the act of wearing the shoes of someone else. It is bringing us
into a deeper awareness of what pains, hurts, and emotions others must
feel, just as Jesus did with the Syro-Phoenician woman.
Bible Study and Inspiration:
Jesus' Prayerbok: A Look at the Psalms
Part 4: Psalm 42
--By: Tom Yeshua
We, indeed long for the living God, especially when our world crumbles
around us, when "enemies" surround to pounce upon us and mock our
faith, our reason to hope and trust in God.
Signs You're in for a LONG Sermon
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