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Christmas 2009
Jesus in Love Newsletter
GLBT spirituality and the arts
In This Issue
Gay king Wenceslas
LGBT nativity video
Trans Jesus on Xmas
Animals talk to Jesus
Lesbian madonna art
Christmas gifts

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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 Cherry with poinsettiaMerry Christmas from Kittredge Cherry and!

We wish you a wonderful holiday season and the best of new years.  

Below is a selection of holiday treats from the Jesus in Love Blog.  Enjoy!

Good (Gay?) King Wenceslas

St. Wencelaus and Podiven by Lewis Williams
There's good reason to believe that Good King Wenceslas was gay.  Yes, the king in the Christmas carol.
The carol is based on real historical figures, a Bohemian duke and his loyal page.  Dennis O'Neill, author of "Passionate Holiness," shares his research on the loving relationship between the two men.  More info
(Credit: "St. Wenceslaus and Podiven, his Assistant" by Lewis Williams,
LGBT nativity video: love makes a family

2 Marys and 2 Josephs with baby Jesus
What if the child of God was born to a lesbian couple... or a gay couple?  Because, after all,  LOVE makes a family, including the Holy Family. made a new video of gay and lesbian nativity scenes.
"They are true to the Christmas story: God's child conceived in an extraordinary way and born into disreputable circumstances," says founder Kittredge Cherry.

More info                          See video
Xmas scene from Transwoman Jesus play

Jesus, Queen of Heaven poster
Jesus' angelic birth highlights the holiness of EVERY birth in a scene from the controversial new play "Jesus, Queen of Heaven" by Jo Clifford (formerly John Clifford).   
As a special Christmas gift, Jo agreed to let the Jesus in Love Blog post an excerpt from her play, which was protested by 300 Christian conservatives last month at its premiere in Scotland.  They were upset because Jo presents Jesus as a transsexual woman.

Read it now

Jesus tells Christmas story to animals
Peaceable Kingdom by Edward Hicks Jesus tells the Christmas story to animals in a scene from "Jesus in Love: A Novel" by Kittredge Cherry:
"Animals were with me when I was born. There were some like you...and you...and you." I pointed at the sheep, the goats, the donkeys, and the oxen. "After I was born, I slept in a manger, a place where animals ate their food."
"Food!" Everyone was interested in this part of my story...
"You are like food. You make me feel good," Old Snake said to me, and the others sounded their agreement.  Read more

(Credit: "Peaceable Kingdom" by Edward Hicks)
Lesbian couple portrays Madonna

Annunciation by Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin The Madonna and her female lover are portrayed by a real lesbian couple, seven months' pregnant through artificial insemination in "Annunciation" by Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin.
It is part of AltXmasArt, a show of alternative Christmas art at the Jesus in Love Blog.  Nine artists mix Christmas imagery with a progressive vision of GLBT rights, racial and gender justice, and a world without war, poverty or pollution.  See the show
Happy holidays! Gifts welcome

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Christmas isn't the only good news this December.  Click to see more highlights from the Jesus in Love Blog this month:

First U.S. lesbian Episcopal bishop elected

Ruth and Naomi (GLBT saints series)

Lazarus (GLBT saints series)

May the celebration of God's presence among us bring you much joy this holiday season. With best wishes for the new year,
Kittredge Cherry