Stories about Faith & Sexuality

Apr 13th, 2015

What We Have Seen with Our Eyes – A Sermon

I’m nearing the end of my disappointing experience at Union Theological Seminary, and it’s hard to reflect upon the institution in any way that doesn’t feel sinful. I may write a piece about it once I have a degree in hand, a sort of “Be ye warned” to prospective students, but only if I can summon enough grace […]

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Nov 20th, 2014

Summer Preaching

For seven weeks this summer I served as the interim preacher of Old First Reformed Church, a congregation I stumbled across about a year ago. I heard about it from a friend. She had read Jeff Chu’s book Does Jesus Really Love Me?, which mentions Old First because he is a member there, and told me the church sounded […]

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Nov 5th, 2014

Hardly Think Twice

It’s appropriate, I think, that my last post is almost five months old and had nothing to do with being gay and Christian. In the meantime I preached eight times at my Reformed church in Brooklyn, traveled twice and moved in with my boyfriend, and decided to switch degree programs at seminary. A close friend […]

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Jun 11th, 2014

Gun Violence Affronts the Heart of Christianity – Huffington Post

I don’t like ranking injustices, but writing this felt much more important than anything I’ve ever said about being gay and Christian. I’m exasperated by the masses of deaths caused by guns in our country, and by the sheer existence of these horrible weapons, and by the insistence of so many people, quite a few […]

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May 22nd, 2014

Sex and the City

I don’t know why sex has been on my mind so much lately—not fantasies, just what the act itself means, the cultural and spiritual implications. The topic surfaces often in my sex-positive seminary, where the premarital dilemma that preoccupies so many Christians is the butt of many jokes. Do what you want the school’s message […]

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Apr 26th, 2014

Resurrection

A friend recently told me that events gain their proper importance over time, which is also to say the insignificance of a person or place in our lives may take years to sink in. Sex, for example. I didn’t lose my virginity till I was almost 24—on Christmas morning, to a man I thought I […]

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Apr 5th, 2014

Meditation at Lagunitas: A Sermon about World Vision

Again, I’m recycling content here, but I was tasked with writing a “celebration sermon,” and I’ve been thinking about celebrating in frustration and despair. Can Christianity be reconciled? Can the poor be fed? I don’t know, but I remain struck by the miracle of being. We exist, murderously and wondrously, and so I wrote this sermon. […]

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Feb 22nd, 2014

Thoughtful Faith

“I evangelize for ______ more than Jesus.” is something I say a lot. Honestly just about anything could fill the blank since I’m more private about my faith than anything else. Today, Califone’s 2009 album All My Friends Are Funeral Singers would’ve fit the sentence. About weekly it’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer or the podcast “Throwing […]

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