Friday, August 27, 2021
Friday, August 20, 2021
Sunday, August 8, 2021
walk humbly with God.'
(A translation of Micah 6:8, in answer to the question, “What is required of you?”, connecting faith with action, caring for those in need.)
"...the gay issue has become the prism through which myriad conservative Christians judge not only their but other people’s faith, morality and conviction. It’s tragic, reductive and destructive on so many levels."
- Michael Coren - 'Epiphany'
“The hardest spiritual work in the world is to love the neighbor as the self -to encounter another human being not as someone you can use, change, fix, help, save, enroll, convince or control but simply as someone who can spring you from the prison of yourself, if you will allow it." - Barbara Brown Taylor
“With all the changing ways of understanding gender and sexuality, most of us truly need contemplative eyes and the guidance of the Holy Spirit to ‘rupture simplistic binaries’ and be compassionate and respectful of difference and diversity. It clearly seems that God is quite comfortable with immense diversity." - Richard Rohr
“There’s a part in each one of us that would prefer the certainty of an unchanging rulebook to the radical open-endedness of God's ongoing self-revelation in love. But as a Christian, when confronted by a tension between a religious certainty which leads me to violate the law of love and a deep unknowing that still moves in the direction of ‘loving my neighbor as myself,’ (Matthew 22:39) I am bound to choose the latter course.”
"I saw collectives of warmth and support, groups of people from various ethnicities, backgrounds, sexualities, and experiences united in acceptance. ...I told them that as a straight man who had reversed his position on gay rights and equal marriage, I had recently experienced a glimpse of a shadow of a whiff of what it must be like to be a gay Christian.... I said that remaining Christian in the face of hostility and even vitriol was an indication of an enormous depth of faith and was a living, fleshy example of a glorious mystery. I spoke of unconditional love, of what scripture actually said about sexuality rather than the popular and misguided caricature of Biblical truth that we are so often offered. I said that the only absolutes were grace and love." - Michael Coren, 'Epiphany'
“Never stop looking at the world as a place of love and never stop embracing and accepting that love. If two men or two women commit to one another in a devoted, sacrificial, committed, faithful marriage, the Christ-centred world of love is made deeper, wider, and better.” - Michael Coren - 'Epiphany'