Last Wednesday, Oct 20 was designated by the Facebook community as a day to wear purple to support LGBT youth. This was part of the larger It Gets Better campaign in response to the recent rash of suicides by young men who had been bullied because of their sexual orientation. What's especially sad … [Read more...] about Color It Purple: God Loves You
I've decided to go public with something: I love the show Mad Men! Last night was the finale to Season 4 and it was so wonderful that this morning I am feeling deflated. I will miss it on Sunday nights. Maybe I'll get the old seasons on disc and rewatch them, the dialogue is THAT good, and the … [Read more...] about Mad Men (and Women)
At CREDO we did a "lifeline exercise" which was to help us summarize our life story so that we could share it with a few other people. As I reviewed the pivotal events of my life, it struck me that each of them was influenced mightily by my physicality. In other words, if you were to change who I am … [Read more...] about Size Matters
At our recent family reunion we spent a couple of nights camping at a KOA since the house was full. My inlaws live in Sandusky, Ohio, home of Cedar Point Amusement Park, so the campground was full of families ready to ride some roller coasters. The campsites are about the size of a postage stamp so … [Read more...] about KOA: Disruption
Today marks a strange anniversary. Thirty years ago today my life changed forever. Thirty years ago was the fall of 1978. I was a senior in college. In the middle of the night, men broke into the house I shared with friends. They wore masks and carried guns. They terrorized us. They robbed us. … [Read more...] about Thirty Years: An Anniversary of Sexual Violence
I don't usually discuss politics here, but today, the day before Election Day, I'm going to give myself a little leeway. I've been running into folks who are deciding tomorrow's vote on the basis of one issue: abortion, which they have named "being pro-life." Since some of these people are … [Read more...] about What Would A Pro-Life President Look Like?
My family watched For the Bible Tells Me So on DVD last night. It's a documentary about how the Bible has been used to deny rights to gays and lesbians. The film includes the stories of 1) Gene Robinson, the openly gay Episcopal bishop, 2) Jake Reitan, a teenager from Minnesota Lutheranism, 3) … [Read more...] about For the Bible Tells Me So, a movie review
The first church I served sent me a card with a printed invitation. They are celebrating a 50th anniversary, so are inviting former pastors to attend the festivities, or to send greetings. Since there isn't enough time to arrange travel and a Sunday off, and since the invitation came in the mail … [Read more...] about An Invitation that Isn’t One
Some of my friends are unhappy about the way Halloween costumes for girls have become "sexified" in recent years. Being the mother of two daughters myself, I understand their concerns. Our culture doesn't show real women's bodies in an honest way. I remember having conversations with my daughters … [Read more...] about Halloween Costumes: Sexification or Liberation?