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Current events, controversy and celebrities drove the top stories of 2011 at Jesus in Love. The year's top 10 stories are announced today, plus hate-crime news and queer inspiration.
|Top 10 LGBT spiritual arts stories of |
A new film about gay priest John McNeill was the most popular LGBT spiritual arts story for 2011. The top 10 stories of the year were named today at the Jesus in Love Blog.
The second-ranked story covered attacks by Christian conservatives against an exhibit of queer saints by lesbian artist Alma Lopez.
Others in the top 10 are: 10th anniversary of 9/11, Lady Gaga's queer spirituality, history's gay couples, erotic Christ teacher, and paintings of gay spiritual struggles. The most popular saints were Sergius & Bacchus, Joan of Arc and Artemisia Gentileschi. More info
(Credits: John McNeill and director Brendan Fay
; "Our Lady" by Alma Lopez
|Gay/lesbian Nativity attacked at church
A recent attack on a gay and lesbian Nativity scene at a California church is being investigated as a hate crime by police. Vandals knocked over the same-sex couples in a manger scene at Claremont United Methodist Church, doing $3,000 damage. More info
(Credit: Gay / Lesbian Nativity Scene at Claremont United Methodist Church
|One year later: Ugandan LGBT martyr|
On the first anniversary of David Kato's murder, many paused to honor the Ugandan LGBT rights activist who died Jan. 26, 2011. Some blame conservative religious rhetoric for his murder. A new film on his life will premiere Feb. 11. More info
(Credit: "David Kato" by Rod Byatt)
|St. Brigid loved her female soulmate |
St. Brigid and her soulmate 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, trinitystores.com
|Huffington Post features Kittredge Cherry|
|I'm thrilled and honored by my new role as a blogger in the Gay Voices section of HuffPost. But don't worry - I will keep on blogging regularly at Jesus in Love too.|
Click to see recent highlights from the Jesus in Love
Aelred: Gay saint of friendship
John the Evangelist: The man Jesus loved
Epiphany: Queer eye for the Magi
I am resending the following links from the last issue. I regret that they didn't work before, but they should be OK now:
Lazarus: Jesus' beloved disciple?
Queer Lady of Guadalupe: Artists re-imagine an icon
Dark Night of a Gay Soul: John of the Cross
Ruth and Naomi: Love between women in the Bible
Egalitarian orthodox LGBT Hanukkah celebration
I hope that your year is off to a great start. Let's reach for the stars in 2012. God be with you.
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