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Gay Christian Saints? October 8th, 2011
Gay Christian Saints?

Now there's three words I bet you never thought you'd see together. Well, I'm about to add one more word to the mix that may shock you: Soldiers. Yesterday was the feast day of Sergius and Bacchus, two high-ranking young officers who became martyrs in 303 in modern-day Syria. Sergius, a primicerius (commander), and Bacchus, a secundarius(subaltern officer), were tortured to death after refusing to attend sacrifices to Zeus, thus revealing their secret Christianity. The men were arrested, stripped of their rank, and paraded through the streets in women’s clothing in an unsuccessful effort to humiliate them. Early accounts say that they responded by chanting that they were dressed as brides of Christ and, according to a website created in their honor, “In prison, while singing and praying, they were visited by angels who comforted them. Calling each other ‘brother’, they claimed that in their ‘union’ they became as one, as well as one with Christ.” Union, huh. So that's what they called it back then. Sergius and Bacchus were eventually separated and beaten so severely that Bacchus died. After some additional torture, Sergius was beheaded - but not before Bacchus appeared to Sergius as an angel dressed once again as a soldier. He urged Sergius not to ...



The Reverend Elizabeth Geitz Delivers a Positive Message June 29th, 2011
The Reverend Elizabeth Geitz Delivers a Positive Message

Award-winning author and Episcopal Priest Elizabeth Geitz has positive words for the LGBT community. Elizabeth is a newspaper columnist and Adjunct Professor at General Theological Seminary where she is Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees. Her upcoming book, I Am That Child: Changing Hearts and Changing the World, is a riveting memoir of her journey with two women of faith to a home for AIDS orphans in Africa. Her books take on gender issues and discrimination against the LGBT community; as such she has found herself at odds with the conservative Christian community. Visit her website and blog at www.elizabethgeitz.com.



Just in Time for Marilyn’s Birthday May 29th, 2011
Just in Time for Marilyn’s Birthday

Gay and lesbian couples will be eligible to apply for civil union licenses in Illinois beginning Wednesday (which would've been Marilyn Monroe's 85th birthday). The Civil Union bill narrowly passed in Illinois so it will more than likely be some time before advocates in the state make a push for marriage equality, but, hey! It's a start. It's not all puppy dogs and rainbows over in Illinois, however. As a result of this new law, Catholic Charities of Rockford (also in Illinois) announced that they're halting its state-funded foster care and adoption services Wednesday — the day civil unions take effect in Illinois. The decision could potentially trigger a "domino effect", as the Chicago Tribune puts it, of Catholic Charities leaving the foster care and adoption business to avoid liability if state law requires them to place children with parents in civil unions — either gay or straight. In Rockford, the decision could displace about 350 foster children served by Catholic Charities and put 58 employees out of work. That doesn't sound very Christ-like to me.