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February 2010
Jesus in Love Newsletter
GLBT spirituality and the arts
In This Issue
Top stories of 2009
Lesbian saint Brigid
Blasphemy charge
3 kings or 3 queens?
David & Jonathan

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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.

2010 is off to a strong start for GLBT spirituality and the arts.  Even a professor's blasphemy charge couldn't stop a queer Jesus photo project -- it actually attracted support!  Read all about it, plus the year's top stories, new GLBT saints, and more.
Top GLBT spiritual arts stories named

Noah's gay wedding cruise by Paul Richmond
Noah's Gay Wedding Cruise, a humorous painting that supports marriage equality, is the top LGBT spiritual arts story for 2009 at the Jesus in Love Blog.

See the year's top 7 stories.  Click here for a round-up with links and summaries. More info

(Credit: "Noah's Gay Wedding Cruise" by Paul Richmond)
St. Brigid loved her female soulmate

Sts. Brigid and Darlughdach by Robert Lentz
St. Brigid and her soulmate St. Darlughdach were 6th-century nuns who brought art, education and spirituality to early medieval Ireland. 

They were so close that they slept in the same bed. Brigid shares her name and feast day (Feb. 1) with a Celtic goddess -- and she may have been the last high priestess of the goddess.  More info

(Credit: Saints Brigid and Darlughdach of Kildare by Robert Lentz,
Blasphemy charge aids queer Jesus art

Equal Means Equal Jesus by Bill Burch
Charges of blasphemy by an art school professor gave a big boost recently to an alternative Jesus photo project by Bill Burch of Colorado.

A conservative Christian professor harassed  Burch's models and threatened to "shut down" his project, which includes GLBT and female Jesus photos.  The effort had the opposite effect, inspiring many more students to volunteer as models!  More info

(Credit: "Equal Means Equal Jesus" by Bill Burch)
Epiphany: Three kings or three queens?

Epiphany by Janet McKenzie Reimagining the three kings as queer or female gives fresh meaning to Epiphany, a holiday celebrating the visit of the Magi to the infant Jesus.

New visions include a controversial painting of female Magi and Biblical scholarship suggesing that the Magi were eunuchs -- people who today would be called gay or transgender. More info

(Credit: "Epiphany" by Janet McKenzie)
David and Jonathan: Love between men 
Jonathan & David by Robert Lentz Intense love between men is celebrated in the Biblical story of David and Jonathan -- and by gay-positive artists today.  

The couple's powerful love story shows that gay relationships are affirmed and blessed by God.  Many people honor David and Jonathan as gay saints.  More info

(Credit: "Jonathan and David" by Robert Lentz,
2009 fundraising goal met -- thanks!

Kittredge Cherry with finally hit its annual fundraising goal on Dec. 31.  In 2009 we got gifts from 23 people around the world -- more than 3 times as many as in 2008.  Thank you, everyone!

Expenses continue monthly.  So help us start the new year right and donate now.

The biggest surprise was that the gay Christian blog Of Course I Could Be Wrong sent many donors to us.  They said, "Kitt, the site's hardworking administrator, does such an excellent job of promoting (mostly queer) outsider art and in a high quality artistic and creative way." More info

(Photo: Kittredge Cherry celebrates with flowers.) 
Click to see more highlights from the Jesus in Love Blog:

St. John: The man Jesus loved?

Holy Innocents Day: LGBT genocide?

Nursing Madonna honors body, spirit and women

Bridge of Light celebrates LGBT spirit

St. Aelred: Gay saint of friendship

I hope that 2010 is starting well for you, too.  This year Ash Wednesday falls on Feb. 17, beginning the time of reflection known as Lent.  Remember Jesus' final days with my novel "Jesus in Love: At the Cross."  And check the Jesus in Love Blog regularly for seaonal art and readings.  May God bless you.
Kittredge Cherry
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