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Today on Palm Sunday many LGBT people can relate to the hurt and humiliation that Jesus experienced on the cross. May this newsletter also call us to the new life promised by Easter.
|Gay Passion of Christ series starts today|
A gay vision of Christ's Passion starts today at the Jesus in Love Blog. New posts will run daily through Easter.
The series includes all 24 paintings in Douglas Blanchard's "The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision," with new text
by Kittredge Cherry and a short Bible passage. The paintings show Jesus as a contemporary gay man in a modern city.Your comments are strongly encouraged.Go to overview Go to Part 1
(Credit: "Jesus Before the Priests" and "Jesus Before the Soldiers" by Douglas Blanchard
|New film covers gay Jesus play|
Jesus kisses a man behind the scenes at "Corpus Christi."
Anti-gay religious groups meet "the gay Jesus play" in the new documentary film "Corpus Christi: Playing with Redemption." It comes out in April after 5 years of filming. More info and movie trailer
|Biblical queens inspire LGBT writers|
Differences between Biblical queens Esther and Vashti inspire LGBT writers. Lesbian playwright Carolyn Gage imagines their love story in her play "Esther and Vashti," and Rev. David Bahr considers both queens as role models for gays and lesbians called to ordained ministry in his D.Min. paper. More info
(Credit: "Two Women in Scarves" from Schaver.com)
|Jesus heals gay centurion's boyfriend|
Jesus praised a gay soldier as a role model of faith and healed his male lover in the gospels, according to many Bible experts.
Both Matthew 8:5-13 and Luke 7:1-10 tell how a centurion asked Jesus to heal the young man referred to in Greek as his "pais." The word commonly meant the younger man in a same-sex relationship. More info
|New queer Christ book published now |
"From Sin to Amazing Grace: Discovering the Queer Christ" by Patrick Cheng is available now. The much-anticipated book proposes 7 new models of sin and grace based on LGBT experience.
Cheng develops ideas that he presented at the Jesus in Love Blog in his popular series on "Rethinking Sin and Grace for LGBT People." More info
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(Credit: "Glowing Golden Cross" by Chad Kainz
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In memory of Adrienne Rich, lesbian poet (1929-Mar 27, 2012)
John Boswell: Historian of gays and lesbians in Christianity
Queer women saints honored for Women's History Month
Friends to the end: Saints Perpetua and Felicity
Kuan Yin: A queer Buddhist Christ figure
Please visit the Jesus in Love Blog every day this week for my reflections on the gay Passion of Christ. Artist Doug Blanchard and I recently decided to do a book together based on this series, so I need your comments now. May you be inspired by how Jesus lived and loved!
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From Sin to Amazing Grace: Discovering the Queer Christ
by Rev. Dr. Patrick S. Cheng,
Episcopal Divinity School
"It is time for LGBT people to take back the words 'sin' and 'grace' in the same way we have taken back the word 'queer'!"
Please visit patrickcheng.net
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One day, two processions;
One meek, an arriving Lamb,
soothing, offering Grace;
The other, Dreadful Power
One died, and thus lives on.
The other lived on, but now is gone.Eric & Scott Hays-Strom
author, Gay Spirituality
: Gay Identity and the Transformation of Human Consciousness,
: Things our [homo]sexuality tells us about the nature of God and the Universe,Two Spirits
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