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      Gonna Stick My Sword in the Golden Sand: A Vietnam Soldier's Story has just been released. The title comes from a stanza of the gospel traditional, Down by the Riverside, with its refrain--"Ain't gonna study war no more." Golden Sand is a bold, dark, and intense retelling of the Vietnam experience through the eyes of an army scout that is […]
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      I am pleased and honored that the UCC has asked me to moderate a symposium during the games entitled Queer Christians: Celebrating the Past, Shaping the Future. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    • The Carl Anderson Appreciation Group December 11, 2018
      . . . Yes, this is my latest online venture – a Facebook group dedicated to the life and musical legacy of Carl Anderson. It can be accessed here, though to view it you have to have a profile on the Facebook social media platform.Here's how I describe the group:Welcome to the Facebook group that celebrates the life and musical legacy of Carl Anderson (F […]
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      Finn, the kitty of one of my housemates, recently came into my room . . . and explored my desk.I'm actually in the process of moving to a new place a few blocks east. I'll still be in south Minneapolis and, thankfully, close to beautiful Minnehaha Creek. I'll definitely miss Finn's cute (and inquisitive) ways.For more images of Finn, see: […]
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      About Life, Universe and All…The luminous Czech artist, Marie Brozova, creator of the wonderful 'Forest Shaman' painting featured on my blog, lives with her husband and seven cats deep in a Czech forest - without electricity or running water. No computers, no cell phones, no TV. Only the silence and the sounds of nature and the spirits. Artist Mari […]
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      Here is the website of the wonderful meeting group for gay Christians in the Czech republic, Logos. And below is their position statement. Check them out. Logos – Gay Christians in the Czech RepublicWe are an ecumenical fellowship of gay and lesbian Christians and their friends, in which we share our faith in all its diverse manifestations, and try to suppor […]
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      I’ll be presenting at the upcoming Jesus Radicals conference in Columbus, Ohio. My session (on the relationship between Church and State) will be on Friday afternoon. If you’re in the area, drop by. I’d love to meet some of the folks who frequent this site. Here’s the info: August 15-16, 2008 St. John’s Episcopal 1003 W Town Columbus, OH [...]ShareThis […]
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      Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody becomes most streamed song from 20th centuryBohemian Rhapsody has been named the most streamed song from the 20th century, overtaking Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana.The Queen hit, which reached No 1 in the UK in 1975 and then again in 1991 following Freddie Mercury’s death, has now been streamed 1.6bn times across services […]
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Mary Daly and the Invitation to Explore Wild Ideas about Inclusivity: A Memorial Reflection by Regina Heater

The following memorial of theologian Mary Daly, who died 3 January, is from Regina Heater, a theologian and writer who maintains the Sacredfisher blog and is a reader of Open Tabernacle.

In January 1993, as a Christian Education major at a United Methodist college, I journeyed to Nashville, TN to meet staff members from several General Boards of the United Methodist Church, including editors of church publications and curriculum. The church had just published its latest version of The Book of Worship, a guide to liturgical celebration in the church, from Sunday liturgy to weddings, funerals and Love Feasts. This revised Book of Worship encompassed changes to liturgy that included a more inclusive approach to language about God, changes that went hand-in-hand with the publication of the NRSV translation of the Bible in 1989. The NRSV specifically counted as an improvement over the RSV changes “making it clear where the original texts intend to include all humans, male and female, and where they intend to refer only to the male or female gender.” Continue reading

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Holy Stories and Marginalized Communities: Shift to New Readings of Scripture in the Churches Today

Our Lady of Guadalupe

In its liturgical calendar for December, the Catholic church celebrates each year a devotion to the Virgin Mary that has deep roots in and strong resonance for Latin American Catholicism.  For those living in places in which there are not large concentrations of people from that part of the world, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe often comes and goes without notice.

I’ve long had a particular interest in the Guadalupe story, however—for personal reasons.  My father died late on the night of the Guadalupe feast.  And I later made a life-altering pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, at a period in which I was searching for my vocational path and needed to pray with others desperate to find meaning in their lives.  In what follows, I’d like to reflect on the significance I’ve come to see in the Guadalupe story as I’ve struggled with it over the years—and, in particular, for what this story of the appearance of an Aztec holy maiden to an Aztec peasant implies about the ownership and interpretation of holy stories, including the biblical narratives. Continue reading