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July 2010
Jesus in Love Newsletter
LGBT spirituality and the arts
In This Issue
Queer art in mag
Saints of Stonewall
If Jesus were gay
Pride songs & prayers
Hands Around the God Box
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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.

Invite a friend logoWe celebrated LGBT Pride Month with art, poetry, music, prayers and tales from history. See highlights below -- and invite a friend to look, too. July is Invite a Friend Month here, so please forward this email.

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Magazine runs queer spiritual art

Tikkun cover with lesbian saints
Four friends of are featured artists in the "Queer Spirituality & Politics" cover story of this month's Tikkun, a major national magazine.

Robert Lentz, Matthew Wettlaufer, Douglas Blanchard and Paul Richmond have art in the July/August issue of Tikkun, which just hit newsstands. 

More info

Saints of Stonewall honored

It was Beautiful by Douglas Blanchard
LGBT people fought back against police harassment in June 1969 at the Stonewall Inn, launching the LGBT liberation movement.

They are honored here as "saints of Stonewall" because they had the courage to battle an unjust system. They did the miracle of turning self-hatred into self esteem. More info

(Credit: "It was Beautiful" by Douglas Blanchard)
Poet imagines "if Jesus were gay"

If Jesus were Gay book cover
Both sacred and profane, "If Jesus Were Gay and Other Poems" by Emanuel Xavier is a new book that expresses Christ in a refreshingly queer way.

Xavier makes sweet poetry out of his life as a gay Latino with a painful past.  The title poem asks whether people would still love and worship Jesus if he was gay. Xavier also uses that title for the first section of the book. 

Click here for more info and the whole poem "If Jesus were Gay"

Prayers and songs celebrate LGBT pride

GLBT Heritage stained glass window
LGBT Pride Month was celebrated with prayers and hymns at the Jesus in Love Blog.

The top 6 LGBT hymns are listed in a popular post titled "What's your favorite LGBT hymn?"  Video links include "Singing for Our Lives" and "For Those Tears I Died."  More info

For the LGBT Pride Prayer series,
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We have always been, and we will always be by Lea Brown

We stand inside your church by Malcolm Boyd

(Credit: GLBT Heritage window from Metropolitan Community Church of San Francisco)
Remembering Hands Around the God Box

Hands Around the God Box photo
Hands Around the God Box was an interfaith prayer vigil to end religious homophobia.  It was held in New York City on June 24, 1994.

More than 500 people from 15 lesbian and gay religious groups joined hands and were linked by a rainbow ribbon encircling the Interchurch Center, home to many religious organizations. More info

(Credit: Washington Post photo of Hands Around the God Box)

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Remembering local LGBTQ history

1974 SF Gay Freedom Day float celebrates God's word
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Queering the Text: Biblical, Medieval, and Modern Jewish Stories
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If Jesus Were Gay & other poems
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8: The Mormon Proposition
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Soundtrack to the 2010 documentary on the Mormon campaign to ban same-sex marriage with Proposition 8 in California.

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