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April 2012
Jesus in Love Newsletter
LGBT spirituality and the arts
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Gay Passion of Christ
Corpus Christi film
Queen Esther
Gay centurion
Queer Christ book
Easter offering
Beautify our blog
Adrienne Rich etc.

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Jesus in Love serves lesbian, gay, bi trans and queer  (LGBTQ) 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.
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
Jesus Before the Priests by Douglas Blanchard
Jesus Before the Soldiers by Douglas Blanchard 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

Gay Jesus Kiss at Corpus Christi 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

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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

Jesus heals gay centurion's boyfriend

Healing the Centurion's Servant
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

Cover of From Sin to Amazing Grace by Patrick Cheng

"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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