So you’re getting straight-married…again?

Someone very dear to me called the other day to say that she and her boyfriend are talking about getting married. She was brimming with so much joy and excitement that I practically felt the sunlight of her happiness radiating through the phone and I swear I saw a flock of doves take flight on the bright blue horizon of her hope.My heart rejoiced with her. I really am over-the-moon happy for anyone who finds love, especially the kind of love that makes them feel wanted, safe, respected and … [Read More...]


You’re invited to dinner

Extravagance UCC Dinner Church Sunday, March 29, 2015 6 p.m. EST/5 p.m. CST/4 p.m. MST/3 p.m. PST Sunday Dinner and church have gone together for a long time. But, not quite like this. Extravagance UCC’s Dinner Church takes the best of your grandmother’s Sunday meal —the mashed potatoes, the mac and cheese, the pie …and infuses it with prayer, music and fellowship with your family of choice (both in person and online).Extravagance ministers Kimberly Knight and Nicole Havelka will gather s … [Read More...]

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Casting the first stone

I've been thinking a lot about the arrest of judge Roy Moore's son. Did you hear about it? According to the police department in Troy, Alabama, Chief Justice Roy Moore's son Caleb, who is 24, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana after a run-in with police in the wee small hours of Sunday, March 15.Judge Moore quickly closed ranks and had no comment to share with the public about his son's arrest. My first impulse was to do a lit … [Read More...]


Freedom of religion: marriage and guns

Content warning:  Smattering of salty language, overuse of parenthetical asides and at least two shenanigans.There are "freedom of religion" bills cropping up all over the bloody States. From where I sit, the spirit of these bills is gives anyone the ability to holler "God hates fags" if they do not want toa. sell their crappy wedding cakes to the gays b. do the job their asses are paid BY MY TAXES to do c. allow the little children to come unto them d. put out the damn fire … [Read More...]


The Gifts he Gives Me

One upon a time I was married.To a man.For over a decade.His name is David.My story is not unique, not by a long shot, but for me every step is fresh with surprises as if no one has ever walked this path before.I met David at a time in my life when I was headed down a dangerous path of filling my aching soul with all the wrong people and all the wrong vices. He appeared in my life with kindness, laughter, intelligence, a guitar slung across his back and long, long red hair fr … [Read More...]


Grace in Alabama – thy name is Jeremy Todd Addaway

Last month Jeremy Todd Addaway, a self-identified red-neck in Alabama, tried and failed to find evidence that the legalization of same-sex marriage in Alabama had caused any damage to the state, “I read on the news today some information, that homosexuals will be getting married in Alabama today, so I wanted to give you a live report from Blount County”I know, right?!?My heart just burst with happiness so I immediately reached out to Jeremy not only to thank him for this great video b … [Read More...]

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Yes I am intolerant of intolerance

So, earlier today I posted a story on Facebook about an attorney in California who filed a proposed ballot measure with the California Attorney General’s office asking voters to criminalize homosexuality in the state and impose a death penalty sentence. “The People of California wisely command, in the fear of God, that any person who willingly touches another person of the same gender for purposes of sexual gratification be put to death by bullets to the head or by any other convenient method.” R … [Read More...]


A family lunch tainted by bigotry: a guest post by Tonya Caputo

I saw a Facebook post by a mom the other day that just broke my heart and really pissed me off. I know we all see those maddening posts every day but this one stuck with me in such a way that I immediately reached out to the mom who wrote the post and invited her to share a guest blog here. I hope you will please share your love and support with Tonya Caputo and her family.We didn't have rowdy kids. We weren't loud and obnoxious. We were simply a family of four, two of which were women. … [Read More...]


Between You and God: The Spinning Wheel of Death | A guest post by Cheryl A. Leanza

I am so grateful to Kimberly for offering a chance to guest blog here.  As I am sure many of you do, I admire Kimberly's writing so much -- she brings the real struggle that we all experience to life in her posts -- giving me energy to face my own struggles.  I work for the UCC's media justice ministry, and for me Kimberly's work is such a great example of how the online world is as much a real community as any community I have in person.  Today is a great day for me to post because this week is … [Read More...]


An open letter to Roy Moore: my rights unalienable

Dear Roy,I am grateful for the lawmakers in states around this beautiful and broken country who have the compassion and courage to lift up legislation that recognizes my LGBT sisters and brothers as full citizens in the land we share. I am prayerful that more states, like my own sweet Georgia will soon see the light of love filter in through the fragmented and cracked windows of justice. I am especially thankful for those men and women of faith who raise their voice every day, and hopefully t … [Read More...]