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July 2011
Jesus in Love Newsletter
LGBT spirituality and the arts
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Sensuous gay saints
Our Lady of Blasphemy?
Father God reimagined
LGBT vs Vatican

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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 and queer saints, will free people to experience the divine in new ways and lead to a more just world.
Blasphemy charges and activism at the Vatican make this an exciting month. Reimagine Our Lady, God the Father and gay saints too.

Artist shows sensuous gay saints  


Two Saints by Ted Fusby Saints are "carnal, gay, and live worldly
lives" in the paintings of Ted Fusby. His art is widely used on LGBT spirituality websites.  


"Some saints may have been gay.  I also believe that, being human, they were probably more carnal than many idealists would like to believe," says Fusby, who specializes in male nudes.  More info

(Credit: "Two Saints: Tete-a-tete" by Ted Fusby
Our Lady attacked as blasphemy

Our Lady by Alma LopezConservative Catholics launched a censorship campaign against "Our Lady and Other Queer Santas (Saints)," a show by lesbian artist Alma Lopez at a university in Ireland in June.

Thousands of negative emails almost shut down the university's email system. But a few friends of the Jesus in Love Blog joined Kittredge Cherry in sending messages of support.  More info - updated July 5!

(Credit: "Our Lady" by Alma Lopez) See video
Reimagining God the Father

Heavenly FatherEmpowering new models of sacred fatherhood and the Trinity include photos of gay fathers with their kids, ancient and new hymns, Native American images, inclusive prayer, and queer theology. More info

(Credit: "Heavenly Father" window, photo by Loci B. Lenar)
Update: Gay priest McNeill vs. Vatican

John McNeill at EuroPride Rome by Bill Wilson
LGBT Christians, including gay priest John McNeill, asked the Pope to end homophobia, then marched in Rome's EuroPride parade. News and photos here.

Rain couldn't dampen the spirit of the crowd in Rome at the world premiere of "Taking a Chance on God," a new film on McNeill's life.  Report on the premiere here.
(Photo: John McNeill, film director, and Norway's 1st lesbian pastor at EuroPride.  Photo by Bill Wilson)
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Visit the Jesus in Love Blog in July for new reports on Renaissance artist Artemisia Gentileschi, homoerotic art of Jacob wrestling with an angel, and more. May you also get a chance to wrestle with an angel!
Kittredge Cherry