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October 2010
Jesus in Love Newsletter
LGBT spirituality and the arts
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St. Francis
Artist fired
Queer saint Newman?
Gay Jesus vision
Lesbian mystic
Pet portraits
Light a candle

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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.

How to create peace in the face of anti-gay harassment? Find answers from St. Francis and a Minnesota artist. Share visions, love each other, cherish pets and light candles. It's all here.
St. Francis: Loving across boundaries

St. Francis and the Sultan by Robert Lentz
St Francis of Assisi Receiving the Stigmata by Kevin Raye LarsonSt. Francis of Assisi was a universal person whose extravagant love crossed many boundaries. We take a fresh look at St. Francis on his feast day today (Oct. 4) with art that explores his loving connections to men, including an Islamic sultan and a gay Jesus. More info

St. Francis is also the patron saint of animals. Check out our animal blessing and get your pet portraits here.

(Left: "St. Francis and the Sultan" by Robert Lentz. Right: "St Francis of Assisi Receiving the Stigmata" by Kevin Raye Larson)
by Dirk Vanden

Attempts to answer the burning question:
Does Jesus hate queers, or not?

Artist fired for transforming anti-gay DVD

Lucinda Naylor on Fox9 news
A Minnesota artist was fired from her church job for turning an archbishop's anti-gay DVDs into art with an inclusive message.

Artist Lucinda Naylor came up with a creative way to counteract 400,000 anti-gay DVDs that are being mailed to Catholic households in Minnesota. She's gathering them to build a sculpture. More info

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John Henry Newman: Queer sainthood

John Henry Newman

Even the mainstream media is buzzing with headlines such as "Will the Pope canonize a gay saint?"  John Henry Newman, who is often considered a gay saint, was beatified in September by the Pope.  But Papal recognition comes with a queer cost. 


The Catholic Church is trying to downplay Newman's loving relationship with priest Ambrose St. John.  More info

Gay Jesus vision appears in new mystery

Dirk Vanden

A gay Jesus vision is at the heart of the new gay mystery novel "All of Me" by Dirk Vanden, a multitalented visionary, gay elder and California artist.


Vanden shares his life-changing vision that Jesus is gay and gays are Jesus. More info

Hildegard: Mystic who loved women

The Universe by Hildegard of Bingen
Hildegard of Bingen was a brilliant medieval German mystic, poet, artist, composer, healer and scientist who wrote with passion about the Virgin Mary.  Some say she was a lesbian because of her strong emotional attachment to women, especially her personal assistant Richardis von Stade. More info  Music video

(Credit: "The Universe" by Hildegard of Bingen)
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Click to see more highlights from the Jesus in Love Blog:

American Library Association lists GLB religion books

Gay saints of 9/11: Updated to include Mark Bingham

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Special days coming up in October
(New versions will be posted on each date)

Oct. 7 - Saints Sergius and Bacchus

Oct. 11 - National Coming Out Day

Oct. 12 - Matthew Shepard, gay martyr

I'm sending this on the Feast of St. Francis, so I will close with words from his peace prayer: "God, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love."
Kittredge Cherry
NEW and timely

Out of the Shadows, into the Light: Christianity and Homosexuality
by Chalice Press
List Price: $19.99
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"An all-star cast of religious writers takes on heterosexism and homophobia." -- Mary Hunt. Contributors include: Ellison, Graham, Hahn, Leon, Monroe, Oraker, Stone and West.

Sexuality and the Sacred: Sources for Theological Reflection
by Westminster John Knox Press
Paperback ~ Release Date: 2010-09-21
List Price: $39.95
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This is a NEW anthology featuring more people of color.  It's called "2nd edition," but it only includes 5 of the of the original 34 essays (Heyward, Lorde, Harrison and Heyward, Hunt, Jantzen). Authors of the new essays are Alpert, Cannon, Cheng, De La Torre, Douglas, Ellison, Gudorf, Haldeman, Hopkins, Kahn, Kissling, Kwok, Lebacqz, Maguire, Martin, Nelson, Plaskow, Scharen, Schneider, Stone, and Stuart.

The Bride: Images of the Church
by Daniel Berrigan and William Hart McNichols
by Orbis Books
List Price: $22.00
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Features 27 color icons of diverse spiritual figures by William Hart McNichols, including St. Francis 'neath the Bitter Tree and the anonymous gay priest of Sachsenhausen.

Spitting at Dragons: Towards a Feminist Theology of Sainthood
by Elizabeth Stuart by Andrew Mowbray Incorporated, Publishers
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Saints are still needed, so the author proposes new guidelines for identifying saints and new ways of reading the lives of saints that does justice to women's experience.

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