This week the Patriarchs of Rome and Moscow held a historic meeting in an airport in Havana, Cuba.
The number of books, articles, and blog posts dealing with issues of gender and sexuality within the Church has become impossible to manage. On the one hand, it’s great that we’re having the conversation. On the other, it is very hard to sort out the useful information from the garbage. That’s where this post comes in…
My own engagement with these texts began nearly 30 years ago. In that time, I’ve moved through several stages.
Tonight Cliff and I stole a few moments of recreation. We wondered whether seeing the documentary Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine was the best way to spend them. After dealing with religion, race, and violence in the last two sermons and a book study, I had said to him earlier, “That’s it. No more violence. It is just too painful. I am worn out and I need a break.”
We saw it anyway. As fate would have it, writer and director Michele Josue, her co-producer Liam McNiff, and another of Matt’s friends were there for the showing. Afterwards we had a chance to linger over conversation in the cool Berkeley evening air. I am glad we went.
An Open Response to Michael Hardin’s tag on Facebook
My friend, Michael Hardin, runs an organization called Preaching Peace, a nonprofit dedicated to “Educating the Church in Jesus’ Vision of Peace.”
Michael has traveled extensively around North America, Australia/New Zealand, and Europe, presenting seminars on nonviolent atonement and his hermeneutic of nonviolence that is heavily influenced by the theology of Karl Barth and the mimetic anthropology of René Girard. Lately Michael’s FB wall has hosted several threads challenging people to rethink view on homosexuality and Christianity. Michael tagged me to bring some extra perspectives into the conversation, which you will find below…
Hi, Michael. I’ve been a pretty busy today and am just now in a place where I can respond to your Facebook tag.