‘the future depends on
what we do in the present.’
– mahatma ghandi
‘the future depends on
over the weekend, a number of posts about The Marin Foundation’s I’m Sorry Campaign were written and shared across the interwebs.
all over the interwebs, in fact.
our friend eliel cruz posted his thoughts (and shared some pics!) on one of the largest LGBT publications in the country - advocate.com (steer clear of the comments there, too) and shared this quote from yours truly ::
“In the midst of our country’s cultural shift — where many, including evangelical Christians, are moving toward a more progressive and, I would contend, Christ-centered understanding in discussions surrounding the intersection of faith, gender, and sexuality — there is a need for some folks to acknowledge the harm done toward the LGBTQ community in the name of God and religion,” Marin Foundation executive director Michael Kimpan tells The Advocate.“The ‘I’m Sorry’ campaign provides such an opportunity, to offer an apology and reparations face to face, building bridges of reconciliation between those who once spoke words of hate and intolerance and now desire to speak words — and actions — of love.”
<sidenote :: if you’re unfamiliar with the history of Gay Pride, i highly suggest watching this documentary which outlines the beginning of the LGBT equality movement at the Stonewall Inn in NYC – you can find other helpful documentaries on LGBT history and theology here>
i titled the post LOVE is louder
in spite of the 20 foot tall signs and bullhorns used by the protestors spewing words of hate, our simple sings of love with slogans like ‘I’m Sorry for how the church has treated you’ or ‘God loves you’ spoke volumes.
this year, we brought more people, with bigger signs – and the result was nothing short of extraordinary.
‘you talk when you cease to be
at peace with your thoughts.’
–khalil gibran, the prophet
this is controversial.
today, artist/blogger nakedpastor (david hayward) created a piece titled, ‘new Christ icon: “Neither” … neither male nor female’
the artwork is based upon st. paul’s exclamation in galatians 3:28 ::
‘there is neither jew nor greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in christ jesus’
the artist acknowledges that jesus was clearly a male – and as one commenter on his site suggested,
‘David is not trying to say Jesus was hermaphroditic. Jesus fully represented God in all God’s qualities, hence displaying attributes both male and female. That was a radical concept then and now as a patriachal society did not like it’s presumptions challenged.’
still, there were others who found the image offensive, even heretical.
what about you? what do you think?
don’t just tell me you’re a christian by having the ‘right’ doctrine.
show me you’re a christian
by how you love your neighbor -
the marginalized, the Other.
it was our team’s honor to be featured in HalfStack Magazine’s Summer 2014 Issue on Empowerment.
previous to the photoshoot shown above by alluring chicago and the magazine staff, i personally had the opportunity to do an extensive interview with the magazine’s editor, jennifer lezan.
below are some highlights from that interview and the article :: Continue Reading…
‘peace among the world’s religions is a precondition for world peace.’
– swami agnivesh
@DennyBurk this is deplorable.
— michael j. kimpan (@michaeljkimpan) June 11, 2014
yesterday, at the opening of their annual national convention, the Southern Baptist Convention (the largest protestant denomination in the country) overwhelmingly approved a resolution titled ‘On Transgender Identity.’
‘every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.’
– pablo picasso