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- BlogWed, 20 Jun 2018Deeply Held Religious Cake
When a person begins to unravel the various meanings in the Masterpiece Cakeshop Ltd., et al v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission decision, recently rendered by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), it becomes quickly obvious that what this ruling means in legal terms and what it means in the daily lives of LGBTQ+ American citizens is incredibly different.more...Filters: Believe Out Loud
- BlogTue, 5 Jun 2018Keep it Simple
I believe God empowers each of us to look at the most complicated problems with Divine simplicity. That is the beauty of the dissent written by Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Monday’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in a 7-2 ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd., et al v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Justice Ginsburg lays it out clearly and simply. In eleven short paragraphs, she makes it plain. Justice Ginsburg also gets it right.more...Filters: Believe Out Loud
- BlogThu, 9 Nov 2017Guns Will Not Save Us
I was 14 years old the first time I held a gun. My parents had recently divulged that they owned not one, but two, 9 mm semi-automatic handguns. The thought of guns in my house was scary, even if they were kept in small lock boxes, stashed far in the back of my parent’s closet. It occurred to me that even if you have a gun,... more...Filters: Believe Out Loud
- BlogWed, 18 Oct 2017Do Unto Others: A Blueprint For Religious Leaders...
On Friday, September 29th, the United States cast a vote against a UN Human Rights Council resolution to ban the death penalty against LGBTI people, effectively jeopardizing LGBTI people’s lives around the world to preserve the death penalty at all costs. Though the US joined Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Iraq, the United... more...Filters: Believe Out Loud
- BlogThu, 5 Oct 2017A Gospel Message For Queer People Of Faith
This article is for everyone who’s been kicked out. If you have lost your home, your loved ones, your faith community—this is for you. If standing in your truth is a sin, we’ve all made the fatal error. When waking up, living, breathing are de facto outside of your community’s moral bounds, and you are... more...Filters: Believe Out Loud
- BlogThu, 21 Sep 2017Bringing Bi-Perspective to a Trump World
I confess Donald Trump's ascension to the presidency threw me for a loop. His regime required me to review all my priorities, choosing again what I devote my time, talent and treasure to. After years of primary attention to LGBTQ well-being, my focus shifted. Our community was not the first to land in Trump's crosshairs.... more...Filters: Believe Out Loud
- BlogMon, 11 Sep 2017Documenting Angels: Why I Fight for DACA
When I was young, I would often ask my mother stories about why we came to America. I wondered why we didn’t stay in the Philippines with many of our other family members. I was curious about why my mom would want to leave a place that she grew up in and established her life within. After all, these were the beautiful lands that held many of her fondest memories.more...Filters: Believe Out Loud
- BlogMon, 28 Aug 2017Building a Racially Responsible LGBTQIA Christian...
Last week Wade Davis offered this invitation to white Americans in response to what happened in Charlottesville: This grand display of domestic terrorism offers America yet another opportunity to confront white supremacy, not just white supremacists. And only self-identified white liberals and progressives are the individuals who should... more...Filters: Believe Out Loud
- BlogFri, 11 Aug 2017The Role of Churches in Ending Anti-Sodomy Laws
We once again celebrated Pride month and many LGBTQI people and their allies in the global north revelled in the hard-won advances for the recognition of human rights for our communities. But 73 countries across the world still criminalize private same-gender intimacy between consenting adults, with 11 imposing the death penalty.... more...Filters: Believe Out Loud
- BlogThu, 27 Jul 2017Will Supreme Court Allow Businesses To Refuse...
This week, the United States Supreme Court announced it will hear a case about whether a business can refuse to sell commercial goods to a gay couple because of the business owner’s religious beliefs. This ruling could impact all Americans who experience discrimination, not just those who are LGBTQIA. In 2012,... more...Filters: Believe Out Loud