Tue, 15 July 2014
"Debates are raging over queer lives in both churches and political sphere. These debates usually produce two, very polarized sides representing seemingly irreconcilable perspectives. But what if we were able to start the conversation over? Imagine if the entire conversation about queer lives and Christian faith had its start in your living room or your own local congregation." This is the premise of Cody J. Sanders new book, "Queer Lessons for Churches on the Straight and Narrow". Cody encourages us to take a fresh look, not only at the content of issues, but the process by which we address them.
Debonee talks with Cody about the book, breaking down the various ways the Church could be learning from the LGBTQ community. We'll talk about ideas around Relationship. Community, Faithfulness, Love, Violence and even Forgiveness.
Cody's website: http://www.codyjsanders.com
Article on forgiveness (mentioned in the podcast): http://www.codyjsanders.com/for-exodus-international-is-forgiveness-possible/
Fri, 21 March 2014
Power Outage: Exploring the Idea of 'Higher Power' for LGBTQ Recovery in the 12 Steps; with Melanie Storrusten, LCSW
What might a 'Higher Power' look like to someone in the LGBTQ community, and how might addiction recovery be affected by sexual orientation?
Melanie Storrusten, LCSW joins Debonee to discuss how the idea of 'Higher Power' fits in with getting clean and sober, and why this can sometimes by a snag for LGBTQ individuals. Tackling the differences between 'religious' and 'spiritual', defining 'a God of my own understanding', and breaking away from the yoke of conservative Christianity, we take a look at the hurdles that could potentially pose problems in recovery. What is the Dark Forest, and why does anyone need to go there? Learn why allies need to come out too. And get stocked up on great resources for yourself or a loved one who may be struggling with alcohol or drug abuse.
Melanie is the Director of Foundations Recovery Network in Midtown Atlanta, and a Board Member of the LGBTQ Therapist Resource.
Tue, 3 December 2013
Innersexions: "LGBTQ People and the Radical Inclusivity of the Emerging Church" with Pastor Phil Shepherd, aka The Whiskey Preacher
Click through to youtube to watch the video:
Debonee talks with Pastor Phil Shephers, aka the Whiskey Preacher about whether or not queer people should be included in church life. The conversation visits 'black and white thinking' versus 'beyond the grey and into vibrant color thinking', the (alleged) scriptural take on homosexuality, a shout-out to the Baptists, and takes on questions such as 'Does God create gay people?", "What does a radically inclusive church look like?"and the perrenial "What would Jesus do?".
Phil is an ordained Disciples of Christ minister, the Co-Pastor of The Eucatastrophe, blogger for Huffington Post and Patheos, Co-CEO of Sogo Media, an Outlaw Theologian, author, public speaker, university lecturer and consultant. You can follow Phil on Facebook and Twitter.
Category:lgbtq + faith -- posted at: 4:16pm EDT