Legalism vs. Love, Round 3

Legalism vs. Love, Round 3

Next week, in a makeshift courtroom at a hotel in Memphis, The United Methodist Church’s highest judicial body will decide Rev. Frank Schaefer’s fate. Schaefer was defrocked in December 2013 after a church trial in which the prosecutor threatened the jury with eternal...
Confronting Homophobia: WWJD

Confronting Homophobia: WWJD

Two recent stories about courageous individuals confronting religious homophobia provide inspiring–and challenging–examples of refusing to remain silent or complicit when directly confronted by prejudice. One is the story of the grandmother of a gay man who...
Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall

Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall

When President Obama said these words last week during his second inaugural address, they heralded a sea change in American politics. By lifting up, if only rhetorically, the 1969 Stonewall Riots in the pantheon of great moments in the freedom struggles of our nation,...