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Easter/April 2015
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Felicity & Perpetua
John Boswell
Esther & Vashti
Gay Centurion
Adrienne Rich

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Happy Easter!

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Christ is risen!  Rejoice!

I found Jesus painted on the walls of the Los Angeles neighborhood near my home. Folk-art religious murals are a wonderful part of the Latino street culture here.

These colorful murals express the Easter spirit of Jesus vibrantly alive among the common people. When I visited the Jesus murals, I wore my rainbow-flag T-shirt that proclaims, "God loves me just as I am." 

More photos and info    (Credit: Photo by Audrey Lockwood) 

Gay Passion of Christ series ends today
Jesus Rises by Douglas Blanchard
Jesus Appears to His Friends by Doug Blanchard A gay vision of Christ's Passion ends today at the Jesus in Love Blog.
The series includes all 24 paintings in Douglas Blanchard's "The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision," with reflections by Kittredge Cherry. The paintings show Jesus as a contemporary gay man in a modern city
Click for Day 8: Jesus Rises      whole series   

(Credit: "Jesus Rises" and "Jesus Appears to His Friends" by Douglas Blanchard)
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(Image: Kittredge Cherry with "Jesus Rises" by Doug Blanchard) 

Thousands debate Passion of Christ 

  Gay Passion on Huff Post 10K Likes  

Blasphemy debate raged all during Holy Week with 2,200 comments and 10,000 likes at Huff Post on the new gay Passion of Christ article by Kittredge Cherry.


It was covered by news media around the world, including:


Independent Journal Review


Believe Out Loud

Episcopal Cafe


Newsbusters (right-wing attack)


Impact Magazine:  

A gay evangelical went from "offense and curiosity" to "being grateful for this new spiritual experience" when he read the Passion book 

Friends to the end: Perpetua and Felicity

Saints Perpetua and Felicity by Robert Lentz
Saints Perpetua and Felicity were brave North African woman friends who died for their faith in the 3rd century.

They are often included in lists of LGBT saints because they show the power of  love between two women. 

Perpetua's journal is the first known written document by a woman in Christian history.  More info 

(Credit: Saints Perpetua and Felicity by Robert Lentz,
John Boswell: LGBT Christian historian
John Boswell

John Boswell (1947-1994) remains an unofficial saint to the many LGBTQ Christians who find life-giving spiritual value in his historical research.

He affirmed the value of queer people in Christian history. His classics are "Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality" and "Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe."  More info 
Biblical queens inspire LGBT writers

Queen Esther
Biblical Queen Esther is a role model for LGBTQ people. Queer characters fill the Book of Esther.   A possible love story between her and Persian Queen Vashi has fired the imagination of a lesbian playwright. More info


(Credit: Queen Esther, Distant Shores Media/Sweet Publishing)

Jesus heals a centurion's boyfriend

Traces of His Presence by Eric Martin
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

(Credit: "Traces of His Presence" by Eric Martin)
Adrienne Rich: lesbian poet of spirit

Adrienne Rich by Sharon McGill

Adrienne Rich was a lesbian feminist and one of the most influential poets of the 20th century.  


A tribute at the Jesus in Love Blog includes her unpublished remarks on spirituality as well as beloved quotations such as: "Art means nothing if it simply decorates the dinner table of power which holds it hostage." More info 


(Credit: Adrienne Rich by Sharon McGill)


LGBT Easter prints and cards available

 Hands holding Passion greeting card


Prints and greeting cards of Doug Blanchard's 24 gay Passion of Christ paintings are available.


High-quality giclee reproductions come in many sizes and formats. Images include Easter morning, Emmaus, and Jesus' return to God. More info 

Correction: Jendi Reiter's name was misspelled in the report on her review of the Passion book. 


I leave you with the words of Jesus after he rose on the first Easter. The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among his friends and said, "'Peace be with you."


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