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March 2015
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Music for queer Christ
New Zealand gay Jesust
Malcolm Boyd
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New books
Ash Wednesday
Saints Polyeuct & Nearchus
Peteer Gomes
Marcella Althaus-Reid

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Music and art can inspire us to reflect and connect during the month leading up to Easter. Consider how Christ faced his last days... and how the Spirit is expressed in our time.
Sacred gay union with Christ evoked by music of New-Age "Passion of Mark"

Christopher Flores
Christopher Flores
Jesus initiates a young man into God's mysteries with a rite of spiritual and erotic union in a musical Passion play by New-Age composer Christopher A. Flores and gay lyricist/priest Adrian Ravarour.

"We created it as a spiritual work to help transform consciousness and bring people into the divine," Ravarour said.

Music and more info 


Jesus and his Beloved sing lyrics such as these:


Adrian Ravarour
Adrian Ravarour

Naked am I to you

Naked you are to me

Baring ourselves to each other

You see all of me

I know all of you

Love is a holy union

We are joined as brothers

In your arms

Lovers forever...   More info 

Gay Jesus painting shown in New Zealand

 Crucifixion by Christopher Olwage

A sacred vision of homosexuality and Christianity appears in monumental nude paintings of Jesus and the men he loved by gay New Zealand artist Christopher Olwage.  


It was exhibited in February at at the Auckland Pride Festival. Around the cross are men that Bible scholars believe may have had male-male sexual relationships: John, Lazarus, and the Centurion and his "boy." More info 


(Credit: "Crucifixion" by Christopher Olwage

RIP Malcolm Boyd: Pioneering gay priest  

  Malcolm Boyd

Pioneering gay Episcopal priest Malcolm Boyd died Feb. 27 under hospice care in Los Angeles. He was 91. 


His 35 books include "Are You Running with Me, Jesus?" a collection of his prayers / poems with a million copies in print. This 1965 spiritual classic includes a prayer that begins "This is a homosexual bar, Jesus." More info 

Queer Clergy Trading Cards feature  

Jesus in Love founder Kittredge Cherry 

  Kittredge Cherry on Queer Clergy Trading Card

Kittredge Cherry, founder of the Jesus in Love Blog, is featured on a new Queer Clergy Trading Card. It says her "super power" is "resurrecting queer Christ."

The cards are a fun way to bring more visibility to LGBTQ ministers. 

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Latest LGBTQ Christian books: March 2015

Between These Walls: A Novel" by John Herrick


"Odd Man Out" (memoir) by Joseph R Murray II


"Gay Jesus Cometh" (graphic novel) by Alexander Flores


"Walking Toward Resurrection: A Transgender Passion Narrative" by Shannon T.L. Kearns


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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
Important LGBTQ resource for Lent

Jesus Prays Alone in Gay Passion of Christ book

"The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision" is available for the first time in book form during the Lenten season.


Midwest Book Review recently called it "deftly written and superbly illustrated... a very highly recommended and rewarding read -- especially for members of the LGBT community and enlightened Christians regardless of their denominational affiliation."


The art book shows Jesus as a gay man of today in a modern city with paintings by Doug Blanchard and reflections by Kittredge Cherry. Order now to benefit from the book during Lent and Holy Week (March 29 to April 4). 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)

Marcella Althaus-Reid: Queer theologian 

  Marcella Althaus-Reid

Marcella Althaus-Reid was a queer theologian whose controversial books include "Indecent Theology" and "The Queer God."  


Born in Argentina, she became the first woman appointed to a chair in the School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland in 2006. She held that post when she died -- six years ago on(Feb. 20, 2009.


 More info in English or in Spanish 

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To celebrate the life of Malcolm Boyd, I close with words from his coming-out liturgy: "We are all, always, coming out together in wonderful new ways in the grace of God."   



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