Whosoever: January/February 2013

Issue Theme: Arise! Shine!

Table of Contents

Cover Stories:

C'mon, Baby, Light My Fire
By: Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

Our light is not designed to be muted, denied or changed. Instead, our light is meant to arise and shine.

Like-Me-Itis
By: Lori Heine

When we suffer from that common human malady, Like-Me-Itis, we tend to be driven to behavior that isn't good for us.

Be Amazing
By: Simyona Deanova

Bless those who harm you in life, whether the abuse is physical or simply emotional, bless them with the full heart and spirit of God.

Rays of Hope
By: John H. Campbell

Each and every one of us who is LGBT and Christian carries our own unique potential to act as a willing vessel for God's Love, a beacon and a ray of hope shining God's Light to those in need.

Features:

We Haven't Turned the Corner on Marriage Equality Yet
By: Bob Minor

To continue to move forward we must see marriage equality as a part of a long-term national strategy based upon what we know is the history of these wins.

Our Spiritual Titanic
By: Rev. Paul Turner

"Saving souls" is not what will save you; rather it's having a relationship with God that will save you.

Supreme Court Marriage Equality Ruling Needed
By: Warren J. Blumenfeld

Though I do not hold out much hope that the current Congress will do the right (correct) thing by passing national legislation, I believe that in the context of a massive grassroots effort, either the next Congress or the Supreme Court will make marriage equality a reality.

The Expanding Kingdom of God
By: Kathleen Kopitsky

What we are witnessing at this point in Jesus' ministry is Jesus being converted to a larger vision of the commonwealth of God.

The Non-End of Homophobia
By: Bob Minor

The larger question is: shouldn't we all be able to hold each other's hands?

What is Meant by Biblical Faith for LGBT and All Others?
By: Rev. Dr. Jerry S. Maneker

So many LGBT people have turned their backs on the Bible, on Christianity, and even on God because they have spent too much time listening to, and believing, the ignorant haters who happen to wear clerical collars.

The Religious Right after the Election
By: Martin E. Marty

The biggest losers were the Roman Catholic bishops, strongest advocates on sexual issues which did not attract their membership.

From the Pulpit:

Dish Soap Theology and the Dover Train
By: Rev. Stephen R. Parelli

What is dish soap theology? It is my home-spun way to say re-think God.

Joseph Comes Out
By: Gary Simpson

The story of Joseph coming out is a Biblical story to which gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people can relate.

Via Positiva: Cosmic Kindergarten
Watch Your Mouth!

By: Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

Whether we're swearing or uttering a heartfelt prayer, the words we use are extremely powerful.

Via Positiva: Cosmic Kindergarten
Deep Play

By: Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

Swing as high as you can on the swing set of life, and then ... let go.

Holy Humor:

What Pastors Dream About

A Cat's View of Creation

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