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Faced with a bumper-sticker mentality as it regards the 6 common clobber texts used to condemn homos*xuality? Here are b...
08/17/2023

Faced with a bumper-sticker mentality as it regards the 6 common clobber texts used to condemn homos*xuality?

Here are bumper-sticker-worthy responses to each, as preached in a sermon by the late Rev. Dr. James L. Brewer-Calvert, a dedicated friend and supporter of Whosoever who passed away last month, but the ideals he strove and fought for never will.

They're drawn from the book "This I Know: A Simple Biblical Defense for LGBTQ Christians" by Pastor Jim Dant of First Baptist Church, Greenville, S.C.

Faced with a bumper-sticker mentality regarding Christianity and LGBTQ+ people? Here are some freshly considered statements you can respond with, courtesy of Rev. Dr. James L. Brewer-Calvert and drawn from the writings of Rev. Dr. Jim Dant.

"Our Welcome Statement is a reminder that the Church of Jesus Christ is bigger than this significant congregation," said...
08/07/2023

"Our Welcome Statement is a reminder that the Church of Jesus Christ is bigger than this significant congregation," said the late Rev. Dr. James Brewer-Calvert in this essay for Whosever, of which he was a dedicated friend and supporter.

Here he shares the statement his Georgia congregation agreed in 2021 to read aloud at the start of every Sunday worship service.

It continues: "Before us is a living testament that declares that we refuse to succumb to cultural temptations to devolve into cliques or tribes made up of Us versus Them. We testify in print and aloud that we’re intentionally creating the Beloved Community on earth as it is in Heaven."

Amen.

Our Welcome Statement is a reminder that the Church of Jesus Christ is bigger than this significant congregation. We’re intentionally creating the Beloved Community.

What if the whole point of the afterlife could be to leisurely commune with whoever you care about, with none of the usu...
07/24/2023

What if the whole point of the afterlife could be to leisurely commune with whoever you care about, with none of the usual worries about time or calorie counts?

Society teaches us to live in selfishness, not solidarity. Spiritual formation can help us love others as we love oursel...
07/18/2023

Society teaches us to live in selfishness, not solidarity. Spiritual formation can help us love others as we love ourselves — by tending to their flourishing.

Society teaches us to live in selfishness, not solidarity. Spiritual formation can help us love others as we love ourselves by tending to their flourishing.

If you've been avoiding the runaway streaming hit "The Chosen" (premiering on cable TV this Sunday) because you're turne...
07/14/2023

If you've been avoiding the runaway streaming hit "The Chosen" (premiering on cable TV this Sunday) because you're turned off by its evangelical roots, you're missing out.

The runaway streaming hit "The Chosen," which deftly colors in the margins around the Gospels, comes to network TV after weathering a conservative backlash.

When we believe in a world of harmony, happiness, plenty, prosperity, peace and right action — more than fear, anger and...
07/12/2023

When we believe in a world of harmony, happiness, plenty, prosperity, peace and right action — more than fear, anger and despair — we will see it come to pass.

For LGBTQ+ people debating whether to wait for an abusive denomination to change: That change could come slowly, and the...
07/11/2023

For LGBTQ+ people debating whether to wait for an abusive denomination to change: That change could come slowly, and there are alternatives available right now.

Women's colleges such as Wellesley who struggle to embrace the full spectrum of gender identity might find inspiration i...
06/29/2023

Women's colleges such as Wellesley who struggle to embrace the full spectrum of gender identity might find inspiration in the Bible's historic affirmation of it.

Women's colleges such as Wellesley who struggle to embrace the full spectrum of gender identity might find inspiration in the Bible's historic embrace of it.

The U.S. political party that loathes LGBTQ+ people (or really, anyone opposing the patriarchy) isn't dumb: They've perf...
06/21/2023

The U.S. political party that loathes LGBTQ+ people (or really, anyone opposing the patriarchy) isn't dumb: They've perfected the mind games that get their agenda across.

The U.S. political party that loathes LGBTQ+ people or anyone opposing the patriarchy isn't dumb: They've perfected the mind games that get their agenda across.

Even affirming churches see LGBTQ+ people as a theological issue to be discussed and voted on, 'allowing' q***r people t...
06/15/2023

Even affirming churches see LGBTQ+ people as a theological issue to be discussed and voted on, 'allowing' q***r people to join them after a time of deliberation.

Even affirming churches see LGBTQ+ people as a theological issue to be discussed and voted on, 'allowing' q***r people to join them after a time of deliberation

No matter how many times Pat Robertson said horrible things about LGBTQ+ people (and many others) in Jesus' name, he was...
06/09/2023

No matter how many times Pat Robertson said horrible things about LGBTQ+ people (and many others) in Jesus' name, he was always — and forever will be remembered as — one of the worst representations of Christianity ever to have had the impact that he did.

Those who use religion as cover for bad behavior are saying they'd rather stay addicted to righteousness than confront their own issues or face their doubts.

"Now I know I've been gay my whole life. I just didn't know what to see or how to feel. I didn't have any examples. I ho...
06/05/2023

"Now I know I've been gay my whole life. I just didn't know what to see or how to feel. I didn't have any examples. I honestly didn't know I could love a woman."

Now I know I've been gay my whole life. I just didn’t know what to see or how to feel. I didn’t have any examples. I honestly didn’t know I could love a woman.

Affirming churches that truly believe LGBTQ+ people are wonderfully and uniquely made in the image of God should exhibit...
05/20/2023

Affirming churches that truly believe LGBTQ+ people are wonderfully and uniquely made in the image of God should exhibit these 5 key signs of genuine welcome.

The updated edition includes new terminology, updated statistics and new congregational materials, and a new foreword by...
05/16/2023

The updated edition includes new terminology, updated statistics and new congregational materials, and a new foreword by Jamie and Rebekah Bruesehoff.

This updated edition includes new terminology, updated statistics and new congregational materials, and a new foreword by by Jamie and Rebekah Bruesehoff.

A story of grace: Looking at Zacchaeus, Jesus saw a "righteous one," not a despised tax collector. Similarly, God sees a...
04/18/2023

A story of grace: Looking at Zacchaeus, Jesus saw a "righteous one," not a despised tax collector. Similarly, God sees a righteous one in every LGBTQ+ person.

What kind of miracles would humanity have worked if the early Christians had focused on helping those in need rather tha...
04/10/2023

What kind of miracles would humanity have worked if the early Christians had focused on helping those in need rather than concocting a resurrection sales pitch?

In the Eucharist is the truth the world didn't end on Good Friday. Christ died and rose. The Eucharist is a grateful mea...
04/09/2023

In the Eucharist is the truth the world didn't end on Good Friday. Christ died and rose. The Eucharist is a grateful meal. The Table of the Lord is open to us.

In the Eucharist is the truth that the world didn't end on Good Friday. Christ died. But He rose. The Eucharist is a grateful meal. The Table of the Lord is open to us.

We must master our revulsion at the crucifixion and not just honor the resurrection but go beyond fear, believing in a n...
04/08/2023

We must master our revulsion at the crucifixion and not just honor the resurrection but go beyond fear, believing in a new Easter and a God filled with surprise.

We must master our revulsion at the crucifixion and not just honor the resurrection but go beyond fear, believing in a new Easter and a God filled with surprise

The resurrection happens every day. The future overcomes the past, faith wins over sadness, and the grace of the new ris...
04/07/2023

The resurrection happens every day. The future overcomes the past, faith wins over sadness, and the grace of the new rises above the rubbish of the old.

Jesus' attitude toward Mary demonstrates how outrageous love outweighs judgment and sees all equally as God's children. ...
04/06/2023

Jesus' attitude toward Mary demonstrates how outrageous love outweighs judgment and sees all equally as God's children. Practicing it, we become more like Jesus.

Jesus' attitude toward Mary demonstrates how outrageous love outweighs judgment and sees all equally as God's children. Practicing it we become more like Jesus.

"Someday we won't need amendments to define what ‘all' looks like. Someday in our not-too-distant future, Christ will ca...
04/05/2023

"Someday we won't need amendments to define what ‘all' looks like. Someday in our not-too-distant future, Christ will call us to stand together as one as we live in harmony proving what it means to be true servants of Christ."

I can only imagine a world where people are judged by the content of their character. Where servants of Christ understand that all means all, not the privileged

"The first two blessings of the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-4) always hit me hard. But how can I stay at the end of my rope ...
03/24/2023

"The first two blessings of the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-4) always hit me hard. But how can I stay at the end of my rope if God has taken care of everything?” Alyce Keener asks her kid brother in the latest installment of her “Letters to Home” series.

The first two blessings of the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-4) always hit me hard. But how can I stay at the end of my rope if God has taken care of everything?

It's time for us to advocate on behalf of our transgender siblings in Christ until they're not only accepted, but affirm...
03/17/2023

It's time for us to advocate on behalf of our transgender siblings in Christ until they're not only accepted, but affirmed and celebrated in church and society.

The feast day of St. Longinus is a great opportunity to recount the Gospel story of how, when confronted with the nature...
03/15/2023

The feast day of St. Longinus is a great opportunity to recount the Gospel story of how, when confronted with the nature of the Roman centurion’s relationship with his “boy,” Jesus not only doesn't condemn it, he actually praises the faith involved with the soldier's concern for his lover.

Not only does Jesus not condemn the relationship of the centurion and his lover, he actually praises the faith involved with the centurion's concern for his lover.

How much does increased LGBTQI visibility threaten to reinforce some narrowly drawn (if well-intended) stereotypes that ...
03/13/2023

How much does increased LGBTQI visibility threaten to reinforce some narrowly drawn (if well-intended) stereotypes that rob us all of our true individuality?

We need to speak up about stereotype and affirm that there is no way you have to be, nothing to which you have to conform, to be part of the LGBTQ+ community.

If those who want to run the show point to the exit and we obediently march out, we surrender the stage. But if we chall...
03/06/2023

If those who want to run the show point to the exit and we obediently march out, we surrender the stage. But if we challenge them, they must shut up or change.

In the face of the evangelical church’s politically amplified backlash against LGBTQ+ people, what if we gave up timidit...
02/27/2023

In the face of the evangelical church’s politically amplified backlash against LGBTQ+ people, what if we gave up timidity for Lent?

Or, if you’re one of those who believes Lent is about adopting something versus sacrificing: Let’s adopt a firm stance of blessedness in our conviction that we have a right to be here.

In the face of evangelical backlash, I'd like to give up timidity for Lent. Let's adopt a stance of blessedness in our conviction: We have a right to be here.

Let's remember that there are hundreds of other ways to express love, closeness, and intimacy. And all of them are choic...
02/13/2023

Let's remember that there are hundreds of other ways to express love, closeness, and intimacy. And all of them are choices human beings can make.

Let’s remember that there are hundreds of other ways to express love, closeness, and intimacy. And all of them are choices human beings can make.

A sad fact remains startlingly true: HIV/AIDS remains an overwhelmingly Black disease in the United States. And the root...
02/07/2023

A sad fact remains startlingly true: HIV/AIDS remains an overwhelmingly Black disease in the United States. And the root causes are still racism and homophobia.

A sad fact remains startlingly true: HIV/ADS remains an overwhelmingly Black disease in the United States. And the root causes are still racism and homophobia.

When realize our unity with God and those around us, then, like Phil Connors in the movie "Groundhog Day," we will exten...
02/02/2023

When realize our unity with God and those around us, then, like Phil Connors in the movie "Groundhog Day," we will extend that love, peace and joy to everyone.

When realize our unity with God and those around us, then, like Phil Conners in the movie “Groundhog Day," we will extend that love, peace and joy to everyone.

The dismissal of a lawsuit challenging religious colleges’ discrimination against LGBTQ+ students while receiving federa...
01/28/2023

The dismissal of a lawsuit challenging religious colleges’ discrimination against LGBTQ+ students while receiving federal funds means the fight is far from over, says REAP plaintiff Lucas Wilson, who was subjected to four years of conversion therapy.

As someone who underwent conversion therapy for 4 years at Liberty University, I'm livid about the Oregon federal judge's decision. This fight is far from over.

What we remember from MLK's 'I Have a Dream' speech is but a fraction of his full vision of challenging the very system ...
01/16/2023

What we remember from MLK's 'I Have a Dream' speech is but a fraction of his full vision of challenging the very system that oppresses LGBTQ+ people to this day.

MLK's life and work challenged the socio-economic system itself. He could see our institutional structures embodied deeper problems and they needed to change.

Living with the religion addicts in our midst presents us the same choice as any other addiction: We can seek their love...
01/11/2023

Living with the religion addicts in our midst presents us the same choice as any other addiction: We can seek their love and support, or we can just walk away.

As LGBTQ+ people our epiphany is to understand that we have much to share with the world — both the church and the secul...
01/06/2023

As LGBTQ+ people our epiphany is to understand that we have much to share with the world — both the church and the secular world. We are God's unique creations.

Benedict XVI, who served as pope from 2005 until his historic retirement in 2013, was laid to rest today. What else from...
01/05/2023

Benedict XVI, who served as pope from 2005 until his historic retirement in 2013, was laid to rest today. What else from his legacy will be laid to rest?

Pope Benedict XVI, who served as pope from 2005 until his historic retirement in 2013, was laid to rest today. What else from his legacy will be laid to rest?

Mainstream obituaries elide Benedict’s cruel and hateful practices, such as decreeing against all medical evidence that ...
01/03/2023

Mainstream obituaries elide Benedict’s cruel and hateful practices, such as decreeing against all medical evidence that gay people are “objectively disordered.”

Instead of just resolving to transform your body in the new year, what if you could adopt a diet that transformed your m...
01/01/2023

Instead of just resolving to transform your body in the new year, what if you could adopt a diet that transformed your mind in a radical and life-changing way?

The apparent lack of homophobia of those who first conveyed the story of David and Jonathan means they didn't feel compe...
12/29/2022

The apparent lack of homophobia of those who first conveyed the story of David and Jonathan means they didn't feel compelled to assure us no s*x was involved.

The apparent lack of homophobia of those who first conveyed the story of Jonathan and David means they didn’t feel compelled to assure us no s*x was involved.

"What feelings of pain and sacrifice are you holding onto during this holiday season? What grief or sense of guilt have ...
12/24/2022

"What feelings of pain and sacrifice are you holding onto during this holiday season? What grief or sense of guilt have you not yet been able to release? I invite you to bring that pain to the Holy within you and offer it up as a gift for healing."

What feelings of pain and sacrifice are you holding onto this holiday season? I invite you to bring it the Holy within you and offer it up as a gift for healing

The story of Ruth & Naomi's shared love was powerful enough to inspire its preservation in a culture where women's lives...
12/20/2022

The story of Ruth & Naomi's shared love was powerful enough to inspire its preservation in a culture where women's lives normally didn't merit such attention.

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What do you do when the political disagreements roiling our society intrude on your most intimate relationship?
An appreciation for diversity is critical to success in life, with research by the Boston Consulting Group showing that inclusive companies are 1.7 times more likely to be innovation leaders thanks to the diversity of their workforces.
With landmark federal funding in place that can now serve LGBTQ domestic/partner abuse survivors, churches can have a renewed opportunity to make life-saving referrals. But first they should examine their own welcome to transgender congregants.
What do you do in the face of the profoundly disturbing political, legal and cultural efforts of patriarchal (and largely Christian-identified) U.S. conservatives to hoard power and harm anyone who looks, thinks, believes, or behaves differently from them?

Do you give in to love, or do you live in fear?
What’s it worth to be right?

In proving we're right at any cost, we succumb to the Enemy’s plan to separate us so we'll compete, see ourselves as disconnected and give in to hate.

Next time you’re tempted to win at any price, consider the alternative:

Love.
As a quarter-century-old ministry, it’s always a treat when one of our original contributors resurfaces.

Here, Dave Reid rejoins us after a 21-year hiatus with a bracingly honest piece about seemingly living the retiree dream in wine country with his partner of a half-century.

It all starts with a printer’s tray full of knick-knacks, which prompts a meditation on life as viewed through the lens of Ecclesiastes 3, which assures us there’s a time for everything under the sun.
While it was comical to watch Missouri Senator Josh Hawley scoot out of the Capitol just moments after he’d egged on the same crusaders was skedaddling away from — the real irony isn’t what he was running away from, it’s what he’s running to.

There’s a long history of right-wing Christian attempts to solve American problems by returning to patriarchal masculinity — and Sen. Hawley, with his forthcoming tome "Manhood: The Masculine Virtues America Needs,” is just one of many politicians living a trope at the end of that particularly pathetic arc.

https://whosoever.org/the-pathetic-masculine-heroics-of-todays-right-wing/
What to do in the aftermath of the Supreme Court ruling?

Pray. Fight racism, s*xism, homophobia, transphobia.

And believe this:

No one is free until everyone is free.
With Pride Month more mainstream, corporate and sanitized each year, a reminder that Stonewall wasn't about fitting in, exercising privilege, or pleasing the powers that be. It was a riot instigated by "the least of these" against official repression.
Jesus said "The person who trusts me will not only do what I’m doing but even greater things."

But what does that mean?

What can one person, or a small group, really do to transform a hurt and dying world?

The answer: Start with what's in front of you.
Why does the church keep falling into the s*x-scandal trap?

It just can't quit the drug of s*xual obsession & control that gives it power over the people.

S*x is universal. Capitalism uses it to sell goods; the church uses it to sell God. Rinse, repeat.
Is there any hope for us to exit the cycle of violence, grief and helplessness we find ourselves in as a society?

There is, if we're willing to instigate that change from the inside out.

Can each of us honestly say that we're actively filling our own hearts with love and peace, rather than hate and anger?

It starts with each of us. And the best time to start is right now.
Why is it that opponents of LGBTQI equality just can't seem to resist the word 'traditional'?

Are they invoking actual history — or just nostalgia?

Does 'traditional' equate to good, moral, humane, just, caring — or even valuable enough to preserve?

https://whosoever.org/how-much-longer-will-traditional-be-used-as-if-it-matters/
Lydia's invitation to the apostles to "come to my house and stay" is the slogan of an open and filled heart.

They're words that other hungry hearts long to hear — the invitation to come, to stay, to make ourselves at home.
"One of the world's first victims of Christian conversion "therapy" Anthony Venn-Brown went from married megachurch preacher to activist shutting down the ex-gay movement in his native Australia.

How did he do it? By conquering his phobias.

https://whosoever.org/anthony-venn-browns-story/
For LGBTQ+ Christians who are tired of seeking a spiritual home in the institutional church:

What if the reason "church" isn't working for you is because... it isn't actually working for anyone?

It's not about buildings. It's about following Jesus.