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June, 2011
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Public Vs. Private (part one)
June 30, 2011
activism

This is the third in a series of reflections on the Wild Goose Festival. Part one is The Power of A Tshirt. Part two is Apologizing to Over the Rhine. This is a hard post to write. I’ve been stewing about what I wanted to say and how I wanted to say it. On the whole I had a wonderful time at the festival. I got to hang out and camp with Brian Gerald Murphy and Matt Beams; two wonderful,…

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Apologizing to Over the Rhine
June 29, 2011
personal

(this is the second in a series of posts on the Wild Goose Festival. The first part can be found here.) I love Over the Rhine. They are one of my all-time favorite bands. Their music is beautiful, thoughtful, and profound. They are amazing live performers; excellent musicians, flawless bands, soul and heart, everything you could want in a performance. I was so excited about getting to see them play again at the festival. I have seen them play over…

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The Power of a Tshirt
June 28, 2011
activism

(this is the beginning of a series of posts on the Wild Goose Festival) Many of the conversations started the same way, “What’s that asterisk on your shirt mean?” It was an easy in. The least (potentially) loaded part of the shirt to ask a question about. And so I would begin to explain: It’s the boolean search. If you enter part of a word (in this case trans) and follow it with an asterisk the search engine will return…

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Book Review: An Infinity of Little Hours
June 22, 2011
activism

An Infinity of Little Hours: Five Young Men and Their Trial of Faith in the Western World’s Most Austere Monastic Order By Nancy Klein Maguire. This is a fascinating book about the Carthusian monks. The Carthusians are a group that are almost totally cut off from the outside world and who live their lives mostly in silence. Maguire’s book looks at the order before the reforms of Vatican II. Before those reforms took place the monastic order has remained almost…

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Lectionary Thoughts: Romans 6.12-23
June 20, 2011
activism

romans 6.12-23 12 Therefore, do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. 13No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and present your members to God as instruments of righteousness. 14For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. 15 What then? Should we sin because…

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Video Post
June 18, 2011
personal

Thought I’d do something a little different for this Saturday and share a song that I wrote. The video is a rough recording. I wrote this song while I was working as a closeted Baptist youth pastor. It’s my “Letter to God.”

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Podcast: Rachelle Mee-Chapman
June 17, 2011
podcast

My guest on the podcast today is Rachelle Mee-Chapman. She is a former evangelical minister turned soul care provider. In this podcast we talk about her spiritual journey, her current work, and what motivates her. Check it out! Rachelle Mee-Chapman For more information: * Rachelle’s website and blog. Rachelle on Twitter. * Rachelle on Facebook.

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Lectionary Thoughts: Trinity Sunday
June 13, 2011
lectionary

My first thought when reading the texts for next week was “Wow, what a weird mix!” There’s the Genesis 1 creation story, a praise psalm, the sign off of a letter to the Corinthians, and a scene from Matthew where Jesus gives the great commission. Honestly, it’s like someone went through and found a couple of the places where the words “holy spirit” were used in English and tacked them into a lectionary day and then threw some stuff in…

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celibacy
June 9, 2011
activism

What does it mean to identify as queer when you are attracted to people of the opposite gender? Can you still identify as queer even if you are single? Someone asked me the other day how I currently identify. The answer (as it usually is) is that it’s complicated. Before transition I was primarily attracted to women. As I began to transition I found myself opening up to the idea of being in a relationship with a man. For me,…

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Video Post: By Way of Sorrow
June 8, 2011
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I know I’ve used Coyote Grace as a video post before, but their music is just so lovely! This is a video of them covering one of my all time favorite songs: “By Way of Sorrow”. It’s a song originally written and performed by Julie Miller. I couldn’t find a good video of Julie’s version and so I’m sharing the Coyote Grace version. Check out Coyote Grace on the web. They are fantastic both recorded and live.

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