A Voice of Journey

Word Made Fresh

JourneyEvery now and then I run up against a familiar, existential crisis.

It’s a crisis that is compounded because it seems to run counter to my vocation as a priest.

It’s a crisis of speech. It’s a crisis of voice.

In the face of the bigness of the challenges that face us as a human race, a country, a city, a community, and a church (locally and globally), I wonder what have to say. What qualifies me to speak anything, even if I had something to say?

As I matriculated through seminary (both times – the Interdenominational Theological Center and the School of Theology at the University of the South), I was constantly fixated on two of the major prophets of the Hebrew Bible, namely Isaiah and Ezekiel. Isaiah represented the paragon of faith. After all, he had seen the Lord “high and lifted up” with the train of…

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The complete surrender

Truth Love Unity

Today is the day when I allow myself to be completely honest with me for the first time. All my life I’ve been running away from the truth of how I feel. I couldn’t handle the emotions which were present with me. I was in denial, always trying to convince myself that I feel better. To me feeling bad meant failure. I could never admit to where I was in life. I always lied to myself that everything is alright, when in fact everything inside me was screaming for help. I was terrified, unhappy, frustrated and desperate, but I could never admit it. Today I sit here and I can say it out loud: I feel sad, disappointed, frustrated, fearful and unhappy.

This article is going to be full of honesty. That’s why it’s probably not going to be so well structured as the others. But I need to get…

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LGBTI news briefs 1: Belize, Russia, Sweden

76 CRIMES

News briefs about countries with anti-gay laws, excerpted with slight modifications from the Equal Eyes recap of the world’s LGBTI-related news. (First of two posts)

IDAHOT celebrations in Moscow were disrupted as participants were forced to the police station. (Photo courtesy of Queer Russia) IDAHOT celebrations in Moscow were disrupted as participants were forced to the police station. (Photo courtesy of Queer Russia)

IDAHOT celebrations

May 17th marked the 11th annual International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT), celebrating the World Health Organization’s decision to remove homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases. IDAHOT is now celebrated in more than 130 countries by over 1200 organizations.

Kim Simplis Barrow, First Lady of Belize and Special Envoy for Women and Children, speaks out against violence and harassment against LGBT people. (Click image to see her video via Vimeo) Kim Simplis Barrow, First Lady of Belize and the country’s Special Envoy for Women and Children, speaks out against violence and harassment against LGBT people. (Click image to see her video via Vimeo)

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein, called for special attention to young LGBT and intersex people and warned that laws that criminalize people based on gender or…

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May 24 – Jackson Kemper

A Great Cloud of Witnesses

Illumination - Jackson Kemper

Jackson Kemper
First Missionary Bishop in the United States
24 May 1870

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A Prayer

Lord God, in whose providence Jackson Kemper was chosen first missionary bishop in this land, and by his arduous labor and travel established congregations in scattered settlements of the West: Grant that the Church may always be faithful to its mission, and have the vision, courage, and perseverance to make known to all peoples the Good News of Jesus Christ; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.


From the Satucket Lectionary

Jackson Kemper was born 24 December 1789 in Pleasant Valley, New York, attended Columbia College, and was ordained a priest in 1814. In 1835, the Episcopal Church undertook to consecrate missionary bishops to preach the Gospel west of the settled areas, and Kemper was the first to be…

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May 25 – Bede the Venerable

A Great Cloud of Witnesses

Illumination - Bede

Bede, the Venerable
Priest + Scholar + Monk of Jarrow
25 May 735

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A Prayer

Heavenly Father, you called your servant Bede, while still a child, to devote his life to your service in the disciplines of religion and scholarship: Grant that as he labored in the Spirit to bring the riches of your truth to his generation, so we, in our various vocations, may strive to make you known in all the world; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


From the Satucket Lectionary

Bede was a monk at the English monastery of Wearmouth and Jarrow, in Northumbria. From the age of seven, he spent all his life at that monastery except for a few brief visits to nearby sites. He says of himself: “I have…

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