Posts from Women in Theology

God’s Presence in God’s Country

When I watched God's Country I was not horrified at them, I was horrified that my faith, my religion, my God, could be twisted to ends that seemed to me to be at cross purposes with my vision for the common good into which we are all called to participate. I was horrified at what they revealed about the place and home that I love. Worse, their desire to exclude non-Aryans (by their geographically and nationally incorrect definition of the term) from their white paradise was reflected in the theology of exclusion practiced by so many Christians: we are confident that God is with us (based on our 'right belief', right prayer, right practice, right morals), and not with you.

The Unending Conversation: A Grown Up God

Perhaps deification is a way to think about this, an O/orthodox metaphor that enables us to live into the humble realization that both individually and corporately we are growing into God, and that we need a grown up theology to match a grown up God. This is not a marker of our failure, but rather, a sign of trust in a God who is always with us, who is always calling us forth into greater love, the only criteria of any import, the only criteria by which we will be known.

Defend Your Flock! Please.

An email was recently sent to a number of LGBTQ Orthodox, threatening to "out" gay and lesbian Orthodox, regardless of whether they are in an intimate and sexually active relationship. These "Protectors of Holy Orthodoxy" also threatened to seek out groups that support Orthodox Christians who experience same-sex attraction. This email was apparently read by an Orthodox teenager, who responded, "the thought of being outed to every Orthodox Christian in the world makes me want to die." Parents of Orthodox LGBTQ teens are afraid for the lives of their children. I am the parent of an LGBTQ just-out-of-the-teens individual who struggled with thoughts of suicide.

Memory Eternal: Marcus Borg

More than understanding his work, I wanted to understand the love for him and by him that is so tangible among those who heard him speak, who attended his classes. When someone says, “this person helped me reclaim my faith,” I think we should pay attention. The fruits of the Spirit are precious and beautiful, and in my experience, sometimes too easy to ignore when they are not accompanied by the ‘right’ liturgy, the ‘right’ practice, the ‘right’ theology, the ‘right’ body, the ‘right’ belief. This man and his work was clearly, evidently, and abundantly fruitful.

Immoral Inhospitality

Edit: Due to the controversy caused by Fr. Robert Arida’s original post, Metropolitan …

Silence, Solidarity and Grief: responding again to A Queer Calling

Given the cost of speaking out, the divisiveness of the issue, I don’t know what offering solidarity on the part of A Queer Calling might mean given the cost that comes with solidarity.  I do think it requires honestly facing the reality that stories about LGBTQ lives are not simply stories but ways of welcoming or excluding. As Amaryah Shay reminds us, the third way is often an illusion that minimizes the destructiveness of one position over another. What I ask is that we do not pretend that we are not always engaged in a compromise, and that compromise has consequences.  At minimum, we should grieve a situation which seems to pit distinctly different ways of knowing and loving diverse persons against one another, such that it is very difficult for to publicly affirm the position of the other because the cost of such solidarity to our daily lives might just be too high.
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