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Faces and Spaces

Faces and Spaces

There is a table next to a wall in a large conference room covered in candles and sitting beneath the names of the shooting victims from Pulse in Orlando. My friend, Corie, had just the day before held back the emotion still sitting just beneath the surface of her vibrant heart as she recalled her days in Orlando working at Pulse. Time Magazine ran an article putting a national spotlight on Intervarsity Christian Fellowship’s “purge” of LGBTQ affirming staff. The…

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The Unruining

The Unruining

There was a quiet buzz emanating from an oddly sacred hall. I sat on a table with my ankle bared and laid in the hands of a talented stranger having asked him to leave a lasting mark. “Unruined” No longer ruined. Even in the months after the ink had healed, I contemplated all the ways the statement represented truth to me. I was ruined in my own mind by abuse and divorce and business failures and physical short-comings and mental…

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A Rocking Fundraiser!!

A Rocking Fundraiser!!

All through my life, my parents have been a valuable part of my journey. That didn’t change when I began this process of affirmation. While we don’t agree on many things – from politics to theology – we are able to focus on the things we still share. Things like a love of life, compassion, and desire to grow in our passion for God and all that is God’s. We can agree without question that “All God’s Children Have a…

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Blog and Book’s After School Special: Release Edition

Blog and Book’s After School Special: Release Edition

Blog: Well, book, this is it. Book: Yes, it is. Real world here I come. Blog: Are you nervous? Book: Yes, just a little. Blog: You should be, its brutal out there. Me: BLOG!! Quit trying to scare her. She is going to be just fine. Book – off you go – your new home at Amazon is waiting for you. I’ll be out there to check on you often and I have a whole bunch of friends that will…

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Question #11: Who is Sophia Sojourn?

Question #11: Who is Sophia Sojourn?

(note: scroll to the bottom of the post for the audio version!) That is a very legitimate question. In fact it has come to me in many forms. “That’s a great blog post you shared, please tell Sophia how much I enjoyed it.” “I saw that blog post, I can’t find anyone named Sophia Sojourn on Facebook though” The answer to the question is simple: Sophia is not a “who” but rather a “what.” To be very specific, it is…

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Sounds of a Sojourner – Marching On

Sounds of a Sojourner – Marching On

September is Suicide Prevention Month. In recognition of that, I’m posting this podcast of Marching On (follow the link for the text version). The post is also included in Chapter 5 of the soon to be released “Shattering Masks: Affirming my Identity. Transitioning My Faith.” You can see more about the September 24th release on the FB Page. Finally if you or someone you know is struggling with depression or thoughts of suicide, please remember you are not alone. Find…

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Tanks and Tires – Summer Tour

Tanks and Tires – Summer Tour

One of my favorite scenes in an Indiana Jones movie (and there are many to chose from!) is when he is standing on the edge of a bottomless canyon and has to take a “leap of faith.” We’ve all taken them. They are scary. Sometime they work out. Sometime they don’t. But they are always worth it. Call it “nothing ventured, nothing gained” or “calculated risk,” these bold steps are often what launch us into our life callings and usher…

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A Bomb On the Porch; A Bomb From the Pulpit

A Bomb On the Porch; A Bomb From the Pulpit

A pastor in Sacramento… A preacher in Fort Worth… Both, along with too many others, are calling for the death via execution of LGBT Americans. Praying that the survivors of the Orlando shooting, still fighting for their lives, will die. One even going as far as to criticize the shooter for “not finishing the job” and killing more people in the club that night. All while standing in the shadow of a cross and leaning in to the authority they claim in…

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An Open Letter to ABC and George Stephanopoulos

An Open Letter to ABC and George Stephanopoulos

In the aftermath of the horrific events that played out in Orlando last weekend as well as in mainstream and social media outlets in the days since, it’s not surprising that the airwaves this coming weekend are going to be stacked with talking heads seeking to offer guidance and direction in these turbulent times. One of the things that make America what it is as a nation is the freedom of access we have to opinions and information from a…

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The Day the Church Stood Still

The Day the Church Stood Still

  If you gathered in a faith community this week to publicly mourn the terrorist attack in Orlando, this post is not about you. If you were able to post in social media threads without qualifying your thoughts about what you can or cannot endorse or agree with, then what I have to say won’t come as a surprise to you. If you can talk with LGBTQ or Latinx friends and withhold any compulsion to offer your opinion about how…

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