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April 2009
Jesus in Love Newsletter
GLBT spirituality and the arts
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Gay Holy Week series
Gay Passion of Christ
Lesbian poet laureate
Love and Loss
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At the Cross on sale
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.

Kitt with mustard flowersGreetings on Palm Sunday! Be sure to watch my new Easter video.  I speak from a wilderness trail in the flowering hills of Los Angeles.

I'm posting GLBT Christian art and book excerpts every day from now through Easter at the Jesus in Love Blog.  Please visit, reflect and be renewed.
Starts today!
Blog runs gay Holy Week series

Jesus Enters the City by F. Douglas Blanchard

Gay Holy Week and Easter readings start today at the Jesus in Love Blog.
A queer version of Christ's Passion runs in daily posts from Palm Sunday (April 5) through Easter (April 12). Each installment features a GLBT Christian painting and an excerpt from Kittredge Cherry's novel At the Cross.

The eight-day series covers the dramatic events of Palm Sunday, the Last Supper, and Jesus' arrest, trial, crucifixion, and resurrection.  Jesus falls in love with his disciple John and faces religious homophobia in "At the Cross."

The online Holy Week series includes paintings by F. Douglas Blanchard, Gary Speziale and Becki Jayne Harrelson.  More info

Click here for today's post

(Image credit: "Jesus Enters the City" by F. Douglas Blanchard)
Gay photos show Passion of Christ
Judas Kiss by Robert Recker
A homoerotic vision of Christ's Passion has been created by German photographer Robert Recker.

Recker's gorgeous, transcendent "Passion of Christ" series includes "Judas Kiss."  It shows the moment of betrayal when Judas uses a kiss to identify Jesus to the soldiers who will arrest him.  Here Jesus looks stunned as a dark-skinned Judas kisses his cheek.

More info

(Credit: "Judas Kiss" by Robert Recker)
Lesbian poet honors backward miracles
Lesbian poet Kay RyanKay Ryan, the lesbian poet who is now serving as U.S. poet laureate, offers a poem suitable for reflection as Easter approaches.

In "Backward Miracle," Ryan breathes new life into Christian themes, starting with the cup of wine shared by Jesus at the Last Supper. 

Read the poem and see her on a video from the American Academy of Poets.  More info  
Lenten reflections on love and loss  
Swallows by Wilson Hsu 
Photos of a grieving bird remind Atlanta writer Trudie Barreras of Christ's struggle to love his enemies in a scene from the novel "Jesus in Love: At the Cross." 

Click here to read her reflection

(Photo credit: Barn Swallows by Wilson Hsu)
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  Easter special: "At the Cross" on sale

At the Cross (Jesus in Love)
by Kittredge Cherry by AndroGyne Press
List Price: $18.95
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A queer Christ lives out the Easter story in the new novel Jesus in Love: At the Cross by Kittredge Cherry.

The dramatic events of Christ's Passion unfold along with a gay love story between Jesus and his disciple John.  The novel covers Palm Sunday, the Last Supper, and Jesus' arrest, trial, crucifixion, and resurrection, ending on Pentecost. 

Autographed copy - click here to buy now!
NEW and timely books, DVDs etc

Courting Equality: A Documentary History of America's First Legal Same-Sex Marriages
by Patricia A. Gozemba by Beacon Press
List Price: $20.00
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Save Me - Theatrical Cover
Directors:Robert Cary
Starring:Judith Light
DVD ~ Release Date: 2009-01-20
List Price: $24.95
Our Price: $16.80
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Jesus, the Bible, and Homosexuality, Revised and Expanded Edition: Explode the Myths, Heal the Church
by Jack Rogers by Westminster John Knox
Paperback ~ Release Date: 2009-04-14
List Price: $19.95
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May you be filled with love and new life this Easter season!
Kittredge Cherry