Occasionally we all need a reminder that our lives are not the center of the universe and our neighbor’s journey may have had challenges that would make most us wilt. Rizi Timane’s ebook “An Unspoken Compromise” is a short but illuminating account of his journey from young Nigerian girl to adult man. As a transgender man, the unspoken compromise allows the author to maintain a silk thin connection with his fundamentalist Christian parents as he finally transitions in the United States.
Under the bright glow of the Granite Bay High School LED monument sign, local residents and students gathered to rally in support of the school play The Laramie Project. The famously anti-gay, hate filled, military funeral protesting Westboro Baptist Church had hinted that they might protest the LGBT themed play’s opening.
Upon first glance, all the connections between Catherine’s House retreat center for HIV/AIDS patients, the organic gardens, and the Catholic Worker Farm can be as confusing as examining the gears of a mechanical clock. But if you look closely you’ll see how all the different parts mesh together within this community to measure the seasons and provide “time” for visitors and members to grow.
In addition to the two great sacraments descending from the New Testament, Holy Baptism and Holy Eucharist, the other sacraments associated with many Christian churches are confirmation, ordination, holy matrimony, reconciliation of a penitent and unction of the sick. With the exception of reconciliation and unction, all the sacraments can be administered and celebrated during a normal worship service.
How would you react if you woke up one day and suddenly realized your father was a black man? For years you had always seen your father in all those pictures and he looked very similar to you. For the first time in your life you have to begin identifying with a man that doesn’t […]
After years of repression by the defunct Soviet Union, the Russian Orthodox Church is extracting their revenge by promoting repressive civil liberty legislation in their new democratic environment. Patriarch Kirill has been supportive of the Russian Duma to pass, and President Putin to sign, legislation restricting the civil rights of gays and lesbians to fly […]
As the nation prepares for the big roll out of outreach and education for the new health care reform state insurance exchanges, the fact can’t be obscured that actively advocating for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is in direct opposition to the holy scripture of many religious faiths to care for your neighbor […]
Often sitting in the West we have a highly distorted view of what actually is happening on the ground in the Middle East. Amidst all of the unrest of the past two days, most media outlets have focused on the strength of the opposition and that the army is representative of the will of the […]
It was a quick sharing of an article to Facebook on how Mormon missionaries will be using social media in their out reach efforts that started the conversation. I prefaced the news story with “First we had to worry about perverts targeting our children on the Internet, now it’s the Mormon Church.” That prompted […]
Every one wants to investigate Benghazi, DOJ subpoena of AP phone records, and the extra scrutiny Tea Party political organizations received from the IRS. But the bi-partisan scandal of the CIA paying cash to Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has been conveniently forgotten by both sides of the political aisle. One GOP Senator questions CIA Karzai […]