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Gender and Sexuality: Weekly Summary

Gender and Sexuality Summary: Sunday, October 20—Friday, October 25, 2019 With all the changing ways of understanding gender and sexuality, most of us truly need contemplative eyes and the guidance of the Holy Spirit to “rupture simplistic binaries” and be compassionate and respectful of difference and diversity. (Sunday) Jesus, like the cosmos itself, is about… Continue Reading Gender and Sexuality: Weekly Summary

The Wedding at Cana

Gender and Sexuality The Wedding at Cana Friday, October 25, 2019 Today, openly queer Episcopal priest Elizabeth Edman shares about the first time she preached on the Gospel passage about the wedding in Cana (John 2:1-11). Her use of the word “queer” as a verb may be off-putting or confusing to some, but if you… Continue Reading The Wedding at Cana

A Deeper Tenor

Gender and Sexuality A Deeper Tenor Wednesday, October 23, 2019 My deceased friend Walter Wink (1935–2012), a Methodist minister, biblical scholar, theologian, and nonviolent activist, put religion’s struggles with gender and sexuality into historical perspective as another opportunity for learning Jesus’ way of liberation—of both oppressed and oppressors. Where the Bible mentions [same-sex sexual] behavior… Continue Reading A Deeper Tenor

Final Court of Appeal

Gender and Sexuality Final Court of Appeal Tuesday, October 22, 2019 Today I share thoughts from Episcopal priest and CAC faculty member Cynthia Bourgeault on an important question, “What does the Bible say about sexual orientation?” For the record, I couldn’t agree more with her response, so I will allow her words to stand on… Continue Reading Final Court of Appeal

Diversity and Communion

Gender and Sexuality Diversity and Communion Monday, October 21, 2019 God is clearly more comfortable with diversity than we are, and God’s final goal and objective are much simpler. God and the entire cosmos are about two things: differentiation (people and things becoming themselves) and communion (living in supportive coexistence). Physicists and biologists seem to… Continue Reading Diversity and Communion

Wide-Eyed Seeing

Gender and Sexuality Wide-Eyed Seeing Sunday, October 20, 2019 I know that many Daily Meditations readers are my age—or almost (I’m 76 now)—and come from traditional religious backgrounds, so I want to recognize that this week on Gender and Sexuality may challenge what we were taught about what it means to be human, made in… Continue Reading Wide-Eyed Seeing

Reclaiming Women’s Wisdom

Gender and Sexuality: Week 2 Reclaiming Women’s Wisdom Tuesday, April 24, 2018 While there is great value in the archetypes of feminine and masculine principles—which, regardless of our gender, we might all embody—it’s important to acknowledge the inequality within the church and culture at large. For example, in the United States, women make 83% of… Continue Reading Reclaiming Women’s Wisdom

Union: The Foundation and Goal

Gender and Sexuality: Week 2 Union: The Foundation and Goal Monday, April 23, 2018 We two being one, are it. –John Donne [1] Even as we acknowledge the sacredness of gender and sex, we also need to realize that there’s something deeper than our gender, anatomy, or physical passion: our ontological self, who we are… Continue Reading Union: The Foundation and Goal

Feminine and Masculine Principles

Gender and Sexuality: Week 2 Feminine and Masculine Principles Sunday, April 22, 2018 God is beyond gender, of course. Yet Genesis says that both male and female are included in “the image of God” (1:27). Throughout the Bible, both feminine and masculine images are used to illustrate the divine, although we must admit that the… Continue Reading Feminine and Masculine Principles

The Essential Self and the Passing Self

Gender and Sexuality: Week 1 The Essential Self and the Passing Self Wednesday, April 18, 2018 As I shared in my meditations on human bodies the last two weeks, Western Christianity owes our separation of body and spirit to Greek philosophy much more than to Scripture or Jesus. Social psychologist Diarmuid O’Murchu suggests that Plato… Continue Reading The Essential Self and the Passing Self

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