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Our Dangerously Safe Jesus

Over the past few years, I have been involved with a fascinating project: I am Christ's prosecutor.<p>The setting is a modern re-creation of Jesus's trial, under the current law of the state which hosts the event. For efficiency, we limit ourselves to the sentencing phase of the trial and for efficacy …

The Theology of Unitarian Universalists

How many times have I heard people remark, "You can believe anything and be a Unitarian Universalist." Or someone might say, with no trace of irony, "I go to the Unitarian Universalist church because I don't believe in organized religion." Incredulous, I say to myself, "Gee, I try to be organized. …

5-Year-Old Killers and Our Unhealthy Attachment to the 2nd Amendment

I sat at the kitchen table yesterday morning with my 5-year-old son in my lap. He was drawing pictures of the jockeys’ silks for the Kentucky Derby, which he saw prominently displayed on the front page of the <i>Louisville Courier-Journal</i>. Just below the picture of the colorful jockey silks, I was …

A Letter to Cardinal Dolan -- About Washing Our Hands

The Most Reverend Timothy Dolan<p>Archbishop of New York<p>1011 First Avenue<p>New York, NY 10022<p>Your Eminence,<p>I owe you a long overdue "Thank You." Three years ago, a number of us at the Gay and Lesbian ministries at St. Francis Xavier wrote to you with explanations for our decision to march in the LGBT …

Restoring Balance: Women's Wisdom for the Modern World

Recently ,His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama made headlines when he enthusiastically supported the idea of choosing a female successor.<p>The first Western Buddhist woman who swore to attain enlightenment in a female body was Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, who became famous worldwide through Vicki …

A Love Letter to the United Methodist Church

<i>This week, the New York Times published an article about United Methodist pastor, former seminary dean, Social Ethics professor, and father, the Rev. Dr. Thomas Ogletree. Last year, Rev. Ogletree performed the wedding of his son to another man, a chargeable offense in the United Methodist Church. A</i> …

Was Jesus Gay? Unlikely. Married? Maybe. Both? Possibly

We know little about Jesus' personal life. The four canonical Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) provide few details -- and they say nothing about his life between adolescence and early adulthood. We are introduced to Jesus at his birth in the manger in Bethlehem. We next meet him at age 12 at …