Billboard Theology

Driving home from my retreat last weekend, a billboard caught my attention. “When you die,” it asked, “will you go to heaven or hell?” At the bottom was an 800 number you could call, presumably to find out whether you’ll need your flame-retardant pajamas in the afterlife. I would love to listen in on these…

Thoughts on “The Dialogue”

Last week I attended the Mennonite Church USA biennial convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Thanks to recent articles in The Mennonite and the Mennonite Weekly Review, I found myself in many discussions about the inclusion of sexual minorities in the church. I’d like to highlight three of the lessons I learned (or re-learned) about “the dialogue”…

The Verdict is In . . . Sort Of

I know some of you are interested in the status of my ministerial credentials. They have been under review by my conference’s Leadership Commission because I officiated a wedding for two women. (You can read some of the background here and here.) I received a phone call this afternoon from the Commission chair, and he…

Maybe Paul’s Not so Bad After All . . .

I know. I know. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). But I have to be honest. I’ve had my doubts about Paul. “Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands” (Ephesians 5:22). “Women should remain silent in the churches” (1 Corinthians 14:34). “I do not…

Hate is Hate

I want to express my appreciation to the Southern Poverty Law Center for adding the Family Research Council and American Family Association to their list of hate groups to monitor.  Whether or not one agrees with an individual’s choice of sexual partner, there is no excuse for spreading malicious misinformation about an entire group of…

Why I’m Wearing my Pretty Panties

This might fall into the category of “too much information,” but I will be wearing my pretty panties tomorrow. They are bright pink with black polka dots, a couple of cute bows, some lace. Tomorrow morning I will leave home at 6:15 and travel with five other people from my church to our conference headquarters—about…

Make it Better

In response to several high profile cases of suicide by teenagers who were—or were perceived to be—gay, advice columnist Dan Savage posted a video on YouTube that he made with his husband. They wanted gay teens to know that It Gets Better. Within a month, over 800 videos were posted by a wide range of…