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March 2014
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Queer Christian art
Marcella Althaus-Reid
Ash Wednesday
Poetry book
Saints Polyeuct & Nearchus
Peteer Gomes
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March brings a fresh blossoming of queer Christian art in major museums, plus the Lenten season of reflection on Christ's life and legacy.
Museums explore queer Christian art

Queer new visions of Jesus and the saints are explored by Latino artists in two major art exhibits at museums on both coasts this month. "In His Own Likeness" illuminates divinity and its relationship with gender and sexuality through March 16 in Miami Beach, Florida. "Sinful Saints and Saintly Sinners at the Margins of the Americas" re-examines sacred figures in Los Angeles (UCLA) from March 30 to July 20.


Images and info about the LGBTQ art in each exhibit are posted today on the Jesus In Love Blog, plus with an exclusive interview with the curator of the Florida show. More info


(Credit: "The Resurrection" by Eny Roland (ArtCenter/South Florida)

Marcella Althaus-Reid: Saint of a sexually embodied spirituality    

  Marcella Althaus-Reid

A new original reflection on queer theologian Marcella Althaus-Reid was written for the Jesus in Love Blog by Hugo Córdova Quero, a scholar who worked with her personally.  


On the fifth anniversary of Marcella's death, he writes, "An embodied spirituality must also be sexual. Otherwise, salvation is not completely attainable. Marcella thus guides us towards a spirituality which does not force us to sever our sexuality. On the contrary, she leads us to honor it as a path to holiness." More info in English or in Spanish 

Queer martyrs rise from the ashes

Dutch massacre of sodomites in 1730
Queer martyrs rise from the ashes during Lent as we recall the thousands who were executed for homosexuality throughout history.

This is not just a historical issue. The death penalty for homosexuality continues today in 10 countries (Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Mauritania, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, and United Arab Emirates).

Christians traditionally put ashes on their foreheads as a sign of repentance on Ash Wednesday. It is an appropriate time to reflect on the sins of the church and state against queer people, including the burning of "sodomites" and thousands of executions for homosexuality. More info

Poetry book explores "lust for the holy"

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Gay visions of Christ are part of a homoerotic interfaith adventure in "The Daring of Paradise," the newest poetry book by Toronto teacher Brian Day. He writes about what he calls "the lust for the holy" across the boundaries of Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam The book features several new homoerotic poems about Jesus, including "Pursuing our Pleasure in the Body of Christ" and "Krishna and Jesus in Algonquin Park." More info
Saints were "brothers by affection"

Sts. Polyeuct and Nearchus by Robert Lentz
Saints Polyeuct and Nearchus, Roman soldiers in Armenia, are a primary example of same-sex lovers in the early church. 

The men had a strong desire to spend eternity together.  Shortly before Polyeuct died, he spoke his last words to Nearchus: "Remember our secret vow." More info

(Credit: Saints Polyeuct and Nearchus by Robert Lentz, 
Peter Gomes taught "scandalous gospel"

Peter Gomes was a gay black Baptist minister at Harvard and one of America's most prominent spiritual voices against intolerance. Gomes reportedly hated being labeled "gay minister," yet he used his national celebrity to make the religious case for LGBT people. More info

(Credit: "Peter Gomes" by Jon Dorn)
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Perpetua and Felicity: Patron saints of same-sex couples

Watch for the Gay Passion of Christ series on the Jesus in Love Blog starting on Palm Sunday, April 13. 

Peter Gomes leaves us with some words to live by: "The question should not be 'What would Jesus do?' but rather, more dangerously, "What would Jesus have me do?'"
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