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Tuesday’s Temptation: Forgetting Who We Are

Tuesday’s Temptation: Forgetting Who We Are

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The news is full of all the horribleness.  Conspiracy theorists rule the day in our news cycles, hate seems to be seeping out of every poor of the world, and criminal activity around the globe lands on your doorstep or laptop or phone with hourly aplomb. But that is not who we are. This weekend, at BeguineAgain and at TheBeZine.com, we hosted a live event and encouraged :) events around the world that included: Picnics for all Presentations Multi-Faith Gatherings Blogs  Dreaming big of creating an NGO to fight hate Inter-denominational gatherings Multi-ethnic gatherings Prayers in faith communities Art Poetry Our reach was much broader than the 24 people that showed up for the white supremacy march in Washington, D.C.  Maybe, just maybe, we can rejo
Tuesday’s Temptation:  Forgetting

Tuesday’s Temptation: Forgetting

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I have a photo of myself from 2004 standing on the steps of Olympia.  I'm the person behind the young woman who is centered (behind and to the left, bowing my head in prayer).  The young woman is Lyda Barr.  She baby-sat my kids back in the day.  On this day in Olympia, I began the first of my outward stands on the full inclusion of LGBTQIA folx in the life of our society and in the life of my church. I was reminded that this was fourteen years ago because that is the same amount of time since the church trial of Rev. Karen Dammann who was acquitted of the crime of being a lesbian on March 21, 2004.  This stand in Olympia was about a month prior to that.  This was the fifth year of my membership in the United Methodist Church and the beginning of my call to ordained ministry.  I owe
Tuesday’s Temptation:  Mercilessness

Tuesday’s Temptation: Mercilessness

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I just saw on the news today that the justice department, under Donald Trump, is now arguing that employers can fire LGBTQ folks.  There are no protections afforded to the queer community. "The question came up this week, when a lawyer for Trump's Department of Justice argued that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not protect LGBTQ Americans from being fired because of their sexual orientation—a complete reversal of the government's position on such matters under previous presidents."  Yahoo News. Hell.  We knew there were no protections for us.  Now we know that the government is going to make sure of it.  I am not really outraged by this administration.  I am wounded to my core.  The cause of my woundedness is not necessarily the evil that is happening in Washington, D.C. but in my lov