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March 2010
Jesus in Love Newsletter
GLBT spirituality and the arts
In This Issue
Gay martyrs
Lesbians undercover
Jesus poems
Gay saints
We ARE light
LGBT Holy Week
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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.

As soon as I saw the gay martyrdom paintings of Matthew Wettlaufer, I had to share them with you.  New LGBT spiritual film, poetry, and saints are here, too.  It's great late-winter, Lenten inspiration to prepare you for spring and Easter.
New paintings honor gay martyrs

Murder of Matthew Shepard by Matthew Wettlaufer
Gay artist-philosopher Matthew Wettlaufer makes connections between anti-gay hate crimes, other human-rights struggles and his own art in a powerful interview at the Jesus in Love Blog.

Wettlaufer lived in El Salvador and South Africa before returning recently to the U.S. 

"I was strongly affected by their murders, it was one of the reasons why I found myself leaving the United States," he says.  More info

(Credit: "The Murder of Matthew Shepard" by Matthew Wettlaufer)
 Lesbians infiltrate anti-gay church

Faith of the Abomination poster
Two lesbian ministers pose as husband and wife to infiltrate a conservative Texas mega-church in a new documentary.

"Faith of the Abomination" premiered in February.  Ceil Melton and Han Nguyen went undercover after the church rejected them for being lesbians.  Their film investigation unravels a hornet's nest of greed behind the hate.  More info
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Jesus poems: Homoerotic taste of heaven

Brian Day
A vibrantly alive Jesus, complete with homoerotic desires, emerges from the poetry of Toronto teacher Brian Day in his new book "Conjuring Jesus."

From the very first poem, Day delves into the bisexuality that Jesus inherited from his ancestor King David.  Day conjures up a Jesus who is both sexual and spiritual, "wholly versatile" and "an unscrupulous party boy" with a male Beloved.  More info  Read a poem
Saints were "brothers by affection"

Sts. Polyeuct and Nearchus by Robert Lentz
Saints Polyeuct and Nearchus, Roman soldiers in Armenia, are a primary example of same-sex lovers in the early church. 

The men had a strong desire to spend eternity together.  Shortly before Polyeuct died, he spoke his last words to Nearchus: "Remember our secret vow." More info

(Credit: Saints Polyeuct and Nearchus by Robert Lentz,
Great sermon: We ARE light, all of us

Karen Ziegler
Karen Ziegler preached an unforgettable sermon on AIDS, grief, and friendship between gay men and lesbians at the height of the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco.

She was pastor of MCC New York at the time.  More than 20 years later, her words are still just as powerful and inspiring: "We ARE light, all of us...Lights that nothing can quench."  More info

LGBT Holy Week readings run on blog
At the Cross book cover

Celebrate Holy Week and Easter at the Jesus in Love Blog with LGBT art and readings from Kittredge Cherry's novel At the Cross.

Appropriate excerpts will be posted at the blog beginning on Palm Sunday (March 28) and continuing through Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter (April 4). 

The dramatic events of Christ's Passion happen in the context of a gay love story between Jesus and his beloved disciple John.  Artists include F. Douglas Blanchard, Becki Jayne Harrelson, Corinne Quinones and Gary Speziale.

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"My Song is Love Unknown" is one of my favorite Lenten hymns, especially the line, "Love to the loveless shown, that they might lovely be."  I put this newsletter together with love, hoping to make the world more lovely.
Kittredge Cherry
NEW and timely books

Conjuring Jesus (Essential Poets series)
by Brian Day by Guernica Editions Inc.

A vibrantly alive Jesus, complete with homoerotic desires, emerges from the poetry in "Conjuring Jesus."

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A bold documentary on closeted gay politicians who push anti-gay legislation to hide their own sexual impulses.
Starring:Jim McGreevey, Larry Craig

DVD ~ Release Date: 2010-01-19
List Price: $26.98
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