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November 2012
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We Wha of Zuni
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Jesus in Love supports lesbian, gay, bi trans and queer  (LGBTQ) spirituality, with an emphasis on art and literature. It promotes artistic and religious freedom and teaches love for all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. It is based on these beliefs: God loves all people, including sexual minorities. The creative process is sacred. The queer visions, especially the gay Jesus and LGBT saints, will free people to experience the divine in new ways and lead to a more just world.


Jesus in Love was founded by lesbian Christian author Kittredge Cherry as her personal gift to the world.  



Happy All Saints Day! The LGBTQ saints show us not only THEIR place in history, but also OUR place -- because we are all saints who are meant to embody love.

All Saints Day: More LGBTQ saints added 
37 Santos by Tony De Carlo

All Saints Day is celebrated today with the addition of 13 new profiles to the LGBTQ Saints page at The most popular new saint is Jemima Wilkinson, a queer American Quaker preacher reborn in 1776 as "Publick Universal Friend."


Now the page has grown to 55 profiles: 31 traditional Christian and 24 alternative figures, including 20th-century writers, theologians and activists. More info


(Credit: "37 Santos" by Tony De Carlo)

LGBTQ guide to AAR-SBL annual meeting
reveals new religion scholarship 
AAR-SBL Rainbow Flag


A mind-boggling variety of about 40 LGBT and queer events are planned for the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and the Society of Biblical Literature Nov. 17-20 in Chicago.


They address everything from Arab masculinities to Zambian Pentecostal ideas on homosexuality. Jesus in Love offers a guide to all LGBTQ sessions at AAR-SBL.  More info

Newman shared a romantic friendship
John Henry Newman and Ambrose St. John


Blessed John Henry Newman, a 19th-century British scholar-cardinal, had a "romantic friendship" with Ambrose St. John. The two priests lived together for 32 years and share the same grave.    


After converting together to Catholicism, they studied together in Rome, where they were ordained priests at the same time."From the first he loved me with an intensity of love, which was unaccountable," Newman recalled. More info  

Artist paints portrait of Kittredge Cherry

Kittredge Cherry with portraitA portrait of lesbian Christian author Kittredge Cherry has been painted by artist Angela Yarber for her "Holy Women: Icons" series.


Cherry, publisher of Jesus in Love, is pictured with rainbows and the words: "Body grounded, her heart dances the passionate love of God in queer harmonies untethered and free..." More info 

Gay Christian martyrs Sergius & Bacchus


Sts. Sergius and Bacchus by Plamen Petrov Saints Sergius and Bacchus were third-century Roman soldiers, Christian martyrs and gay men who loved each other. They were open about being a gay couple, but secretly Christian -- the opposite of many people today.  

More info and images

(Credit: "Sts. Sergius and Bacchus" by Plamen Petrov)  

We'wha: Two-spirit Native American 

We Wha of Zuni by Robert Lentz We'wha was a two-spirit Native American Zuni who served as a cultural ambassador. She even visited a U.S. president in 1886.


Almost all Native American traditions recognized 3rd and sometimes even 4th genders. We'wha was the most famous "lhamana," the Zuni term for a male-bodied person who lived in part as a woman. More info 


(Credit: "We'wha of Zuni" by Robert Lentz,

Happy 7th birthday, Jesus in Love!

Birthday cake

This month Jesus In Love celebrates 7 years of supporting LGBT spirituality and the arts. I founded it on Nov. 17, 2005 to present a positive spiritual vision for queer people and our allies.


To send a birthday donation, visit my GoFundMe page.


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Serbians protest LGBT Christian art show


MCC's 44th anniversary: Photos show LGBT church history


Matthew Shepard: Modern gay martyr and hate-crime victim


Allen Schindler: Gay martyr and U.S. military officer


On All Saints Day, I hope that you tap into the energy of our ancestors in faith.  We are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses.

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Artist Trudie Barreras will do pet portraits in pastel, or watercolor sketches of your home or favorite scenes, for a $25 gift to Kitt for Jesus in Love.  To see samples of Trudie's work, visit her website, Contact us for further details.

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