Category: the “real world”

Marriage, Family, and Scripture

book cover for Toward the Holy and Great Council: Theological Reflections

by Bryce E. Rich, Fr. Robert M. Arida, Susan Ashbrook Harvey, David Dunn, Maria McDowell, and Teva Regule  Note: This piece was originally published on the Public Orthodoxy blog of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University and subsequently reprinted in Toward the Holy and…

bell hooks on heterosexuality

bell hooks

Foucault was not alone in being troubled by current paradigms around sexual orientation. In a brief aside in her book Feminism from Margins to Center, author, feminist, and social activist bell hooks also critiques the current paradigm, but from a different angle.

Strange Bedfellows Scapegoat Russia’s Gays

Gay Pride in St. Petersburg, Russia

It's been a busy few months for anyone paying attention to issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Russia.

This summer the Russian parliament passed a bill prohibiting the so-called "promotion of nontraditional sexual relations" in the presence of minors, a euphemistic expression replacing language in the initial bill which more explicitly prohibited "the promotion of homosexual relations." The new law gives no explicit definition of "promotion," resulting in an environment where Russia's mass media has curtailed any reporting that might portray LGBT people or their relationships in a positive light.

Male & Female Created He Them…

man with zigurrat

As a theologian I often struggle with ways to translate conversation in the academy into useful materials for the church.  What follows is a sermon that I preached in May 2008 when the Revised Common Lectionary presented the challenge of…