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February 2009
Jesus in Love Newsletter
GLBT spirituality and the arts
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Erotic angel art
Video valentine
Obama & gay bishop
Prayers for Bobby
Milk and coming out
Haggard's struggle
Gay Holy Week
New books & DVDs

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Jesus in Love serves gay, lesbian, bi and trans (glbt) people who have spiritual interests, and our allies. We promote queer spirituality and the arts, with an emphasis on books and images. We believe that God loves all people, including sexual minorities. We believe that the creative process is sacred. We hope that the new visions, especially the gay Jesus, will free people to experience the divine in new ways and lead to a more just world.
With Valentine's Day coming, a video celebrates same-sex marriage.  2009 brings us everything from the gay Christian movie "Prayers for Bobby" to prayers for Obama --by an openly gay priest at the inauguration.  Then there's preacher Ted Haggard, disgraced by his secret gay affair.   The year is off to a rip-snorting start!  Read on...
Gay artist links angels, body and spirit
Angels Consorting by Stephen Mead 
Sexuality and spirituality unite beautifully in the work of gay artist Stephen Mead of New York.

He paints lesbian and gay angels embracing.  Gay angels sleep wrapped in each other's arms with naked vulnerability in "Angels Sleeping Unawares."

Mead presents a different view of embodied spirituality in "Sponge Christ We Anoint You," which shows that being a caregiver can be a sensuous, holy experience.  More info

Image credit: "Angels Consorting" by Stephen Mead
Video valentine for same-sex marriage
Courage Campaign video
A touching video supports same-sex marriage -- at a time when group divorce is threatened for 18,000 same-sex marriages in California.

See images of real gay and lesbian couples set to the song "Fidelity" by Regina Spektor.
Courage Campaign made the music video to inspire people to sign a petition to protect same-sex marriage.  Deadline: Valentine's Day!  More info
Gay bishop prays at inauguration
Gene Robinson at Obama inaugurationGay bishop Gene Robinson gave the invocation at opening event for President Obama's inauguration.  HBO didn't start covering the event until AFTER Rev. Robinson spoke, but you can see it on video or read the moving wordsMore info
GLBT Christians offer hope in movie  
Prayers for Bobby poster 
GLBT Christians are the heroes of the new TV movie "Prayers for Bobby," based on the true story of a young gay man's struggles. More info
Milk movie character tells of coming out
Cleve Jones discusses Milk movie
Cleve Jones, the gay-rights activist with an important role in the new movie "Milk," is interviewed in Hide and Speak: A Coming Out Guide by Kittredge Cherry.

Jones also speaks on video about his coming-out journey, the "Milk" move, Harvey Milk, the Names Project quilt, and gay history.  More info
  Haggard reveals gay Christian struggle
  Ted Haggard on Larry King show
Ted Haggard, the evangelical preacher who was outed for having gay sex, talked about his struggle with sexuality and Christianity in a recent interview with Larry King.

 "As a lesbian Christian, it was heartbreaking to hear Haggard unable to say that God accepts gay people," author Kittredge Cherry commented.  More info
Gay Holy Week readings run on blog
At the Cross book cover
Celebrate Holy Week and Easter at the Jesus in Love Blog with suitable readings from Kittredge Cherry's novel At the Cross.

Appropriate excerpts will be posted at the blog beginning on Palm Sunday (April 5) and continuing through Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter (April 12). 

The dramatic events of Christ's Passion happen in the context of a gay love story between Jesus and his beloved disciple John.  Jesus has today's queer sensibilities as he reveals the erotic, mystical experiences that may have led to the first Easter.  Recommended reading for Lent (starting Feb. 25). More info

NEW and timely books, DVDs etc

The Trials of Ted Haggard
by HBO
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Queer and Catholic
by Routledge
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Coming Out, Coming Home: Making Room For Gay Spirituality In Therapy
by Thomas Carlson by Routledge
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Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire
by Rebecca Ann Parker by Beacon Press
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Prayers for Bobby: A Mother's Coming to Terms with the Suicide of Her Gay Son
by Leroy Aarons by HarperOne
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At the Cross (Jesus in Love)
by Kittredge Cherry by AndroGyne Press
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In the Eye of the Storm: Swept to the Center by God
by Gene Robinson by Seabury Books
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Ash Wednesday (Feb 25) begins the season of Lent, a time of soul-searching and reflection to prepare for Easter. 

I recommend a gay-positive way to honor Lent -- by reading my novel At the Cross.  It tells the story of Christ's Passion and resurrection from a queer viewpoint. 

May you be blessed by love on Valentine's Day and beyond!
Kittredge Cherry