Coming out straight

My partner and I have friends visiting us this weekend. It’s been a process for us to come out to them, as they too come from a conservative Christian background. Their first night in town, we spent time catching up on our current lives and sharing old stories from...

I will not keep silent

  For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until her vindication shines out like the dawn, and her salvation like a burning torch. The nations shall see your vindication, and all the kings your glory; and you...
Resetting an Open Holiday Table

Resetting an Open Holiday Table

         Family legend tells that the year after my parents separated, my mom faced the prospect of her first Thanksgiving alone. She accepted an invitation to the home of a friend, and my family and I have been spending alternating Thanksgiving holidays with them...

Comfort

Advent and Christmas has always been my favorite time of year. My favorite part of the four weeks is the performance of Handel’s Messiah that I attend annually. The Christmas portion begins with an overture and then a beautiful tenor aria that starts with text from...

A Dry Well

By Katy KrumbachPs 6:2-3 Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am languishing; O LORD, heal me, for my bones are troubled. My soul also is sorely troubled. But thou, O LORD – how long?  (RSV)      Like the psalmist, we can believe that God...

For the Bible Tells Me So

A few weeks ago, we screened the film, For the Bible Tells Me So, at my church. This film has been out for a while now. Common Witness and Soul Force screened the film at the 2008 General Conference in the public square just outside the Convention Center in Ft. Worth,...

family values

My partner and I are both public school teachers.  I remember, when we were first a “serious” couple, contemplating taking him as my date to our faculty holiday party and consulting my dear friend and colleague Karen about the matter.  I was agonizing over whether to...
Review: Voices from the Kingdom

Review: Voices from the Kingdom

It’s been several months since my friend Joy Watts gave me a copy of Voices from Kingdom by Beverly Cole. Now that I’m done with graduate school for the summer, I finally had a chance to pick up the book, and once I did, I couldn’t put it down....