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22 minutes | 7 years ago
Episode 32: “NakedPastor” Cartoonist David Hayward
Read the related article Artist and author David Hayward has been writing and drawing cartoons at his NakedPastor blog since 2005. He left the professional ministry in 2010, partly in response to his controversial drawings and musings, to dedicate himself to his art, writing and creating community for others who have felt abused and abandoned by the traditional church. He has just released a new book called The Art of Coming Out: Cartoons for the LGBTQ Community that features more than 100 of his sketches about the LGBTQ community and religion.
12 minutes | 7 years ago
Episode 31.5: Former Christian Singer Jennifer Knapp
Read the related article Jennifer Knapp was fly fishing along the banks of a river somewhere in middle Tennessee when the world learned that she was a lesbian. Rumors about the sexuality of the contemporary Christian music singer had been swirling around for years, especially after she quit her career during the height of her success and retreated into self-imposed obscurity.
15 minutes | 7 years ago
Episode 31: Evangelicals for Marriage Equality
Read the related article A new group called Evangelicals for Marriage Equality has as new vision for the evangelical church in America — one where LGBT Christians are welcome, just as they are. In this Godcast, we talk with EME spokesman Brandan Robertson about their vision for the church and how they imagine dialogue with the anti-gay factions in the church can bring this about.
21 minutes | 9 years ago
Episode 30: Bishop Gene Robinson
Read related articles Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson has used his experiences, and his high position, to pen a new book, God Believes in Love: Straight Talk About Gay Marriage, that seeks to answer the ten most popular questions he has heard about marriage equality for gay and lesbian people. In the book, he tackles questions like why marriage is even an issue for LGBT people, why straight people should support it and why civil unions, while they are a good first step, simply won’t be enough to satisfy the LGBT community.
35 minutes | 9 years ago
Episode 29: “Christianity After Religion” Author Diana Butler Bass
Read the related article The United States is currently in the throes of a spiritual awakening, according to author Diana Butler Bass. In her new book Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening, Bass says we are at a crossroads in history. We can choose to move forward into new emerging spiritualities, or we can heed the siren sound of the traditionalists calling us back to a romanticized past where rigid roles have offered security for the powerful and the status quo for everyone else.
28 minutes | 10 years ago
Episode 28: Jay Bakker
Jay Bakker is the son of famous television evangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker. He grew up on the PTL (or Praise the Lord) Club and suffered terribly when his parents’ empire fell. Turning to drugs and partying eased the pain for awhile, but now Jay is out with a new book that describes not so much his fall from grace, but his fall to grace. Jay explains his grace evolution to us.
32 minutes | 12 years ago
Episode 27: “Jesus, the Bible, and Homosexuality” Author Dr. Jack Rogers
Read the related article It’s not every day that a book comes along that literally saves your life, but Dr. Jack Rogers says he’s heard that comment more than once about his book Jesus, the Bible, and Homosexuality, Revised and Expanded Edition: Explode the Myths, Heal the Church. A new expanded and revised version of the book has been released, and we’ll check in with Dr. Rogers on what’s new in this extraordinary book.
30 minutes | 12 years ago
Episode 26: Author J.G. Woodward | Playwright Peterson Toscano
Imagine a world where the gay people are in the majority and straight people were the oppressed minority. Author and poet J.G. Woodward has imagined such a scenario in her new book Over the Course of a Lifetime. Playwright and actor Peterson Toscano is famous for his play “Doing Time in the Homo Nomo Halfway House” that skewers ex-gay ministries. Now he’s turned his queer eye on the Bible, where he sees many transgender characters.
30 minutes | 13 years ago
Episode 25: Activist Zak Rittenhouse | Rev. Mike Piazza
Read the related article on Mike Piazza As they have done the past two years, 17 young adults will pile onto a bus and visit 15 conservative Christian colleges around the country. Zak Rittenhouse is taking part in this year’s Soulforce Equality Bus Ride, and he’ll tell us why he wanted to take two months to bring people a message of God’s love. The word “liberal” has most often been used as an insult, but Rev. Mike Piazza, the dean of the Cathedral of Hope in Dallas, Texas — the largest GLBT church in the world — says it’s time to reclaim that word as well as our prophetic power.
26 minutes | 13 years ago
Episode 24: “Sanctified” Anthology Editor Rev. Justin R. Cannon
Rev. Justin R. Cannon is only 24 years old, but he has accomplished much for the GLBT Christian community. His groundbreaking study on the Bible and homosexuality at www.inclusiveorthodoxy.org continues to educate our community. His latest project is an anthology of poems by GLBT Christians called Sanctified: An Anthology Of Poetry By LGBT Christians. We’ll talk with Justin on our 24th Godcast and find out why his latest project involves a loom. Justin is one of many who have written books or articles about homosexuality and the Bible, but, it seems to me that we, as a community, need to go beyond arguing about what the Bible does and does not say about homosexuality. We need a new frame for the issue, and later in this Godcast, Rev. Candace explains why we should stop arguing about the Bible and homosexuality.
37 minutes | 13 years ago
Episode 23: Rev. Janie Spahr | Rev. Cindi Love | Anthony Venn-Brown
Presbyterian minister Rev. Dr. Janie Spahr has been acquitted by the church’s highest court of charges over her performance of same-gender weddings. Find out why the ruling is a mix of good news and bad news. Would Jesus Discriminate? The 21st Century Question is the question Rev. Dr. Cindi Love is asking in her new book — and it’s spurring a worldwide movement. Anthony Venn-Brown had a great career in the Assemblies of God church, but there was only one problem — he’s gay. The second edition of his autobiography, A Life of Unlearning: a preacher’s struggle with his homosexuality, church and faith, has been published and details his 22-year journey to self-acceptance.
33 minutes | 13 years ago
Episode 22: “The New Christians” Author Tony Jones
Read the related article Defining the Emergent Christian movement is a little like defining the color blue to someone who has never seen or experienced it. Critics say the emergent movement is simply another wishy-washy liberal watering down of the gospel. Tony Jones, in his new book The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier, disagrees. In Whosoever’s 22nd Godcast, Jones tells us why to him, the emergent movement is a third way between religious conservatives and liberals.
35 minutes | 13 years ago
Episode 21: “What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality” Author Daniel Helminiak
Read the related article His book What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality took the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community by storm when it was first published in 1994. Despite Christianity’s rejection of GLBT people, Daniel A. Helminiak’s book seemed to fill a void for our community and empowered us to begin working to reconcile our sexuality and spirituality. On this Godcast we talk with Daniel about his latest work and hear a reading from his book The Transcended Christian.
80 minutes | 13 years ago
Seminar 3: The New Testament and Homosexuality
One installment of a three-part series From Romans 1 to 1 Corinthians, GLBT people are told that the New Testament is a source of condemnation of their very lives. When people quote Bible verses against GLBT people, these two verses are most often used from the New Testament. In this seminar — co-hosted by Whosoever Founder Rev. Candace Chellew and Rev. Paul M. Turner, Senior Pastor of Gentle Spirit Christian Church — you’ll discover that these texts and other “clobber” passages from the New Testament are not texts of terror for GLBT, but instead are texts of hope and affirmation. You’ll learn: Why Romans 2 is just as important as Romans 1. Why 1 Corinthians may hold more condemnation for those who condemn GLBT people. How to answer those who use these verses to condemn you. Whether you’ve heard this material a million times or if this is the first time, you’ll come away blessed and able to defend yourself whenever someone tries to use Scripture to condemn you. Seminar Booklet: The New Testament and Homosexuality
38 minutes | 13 years ago
Episode 20: Soulforce Executive Director Jeff Lutes
Read the related article For the past 10 years, Soulforce has been using the non-violent tactics preached by Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. to try to change the hearts and minds of those who believe gays and lesbians should be excluded from church and denied equal rights in society. This year Soulforce has a lot on its plate, and Executive Director Jeff Lutes gives us the details in Whosoever Magazine’s 20th Godcast. The Virgin Birth, Jesus’ literal resurrection, the miracles performed by Jesus, even the existence of the 12 disciples — there’s no Christian doctrine off limits to John Shelby Spong. His new book is no exception. We’ll find out about Jesus for the Non-Religious.
81 minutes | 13 years ago
Seminar 2: The Old Testament and Homosexuality
One installment of a three-part series From Genesis to Leviticus to 1 Kings, the Old Testament is often used as a weapon against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Despite Jesus’ insistence that we are no longer under Old Testament law, modern day Christians still quote these texts to condemn GLBT people. In this seminar — co-hosted by Whosoever Founder Rev. Candace Chellew and Rev. Paul M. Turner, Senior Pastor of Gentle Spirit Christian Church — you’ll learn why the Old Testament passages used against our community do not condemn us but instead are texts of hope and joy for us. Seminar Booklet: The Old Testament and Homosexuality
10 minutes | 13 years ago
Episode 19.5: Filmmaker Lisa Darden
A filmmaker named Lisa Darden is trying to bridge the gap between GLBT people and those on the “other side.” Her new film project, For Such a Time as This, features interviews with leaders in the gay and anti-gay communities — including the editor of a humble Internet magazine for GLBT Christians.
36 minutes | 13 years ago
Episode 19: “Gay Christian 101” Author Rick Brentlinger | Filmmaker Lisa Darden
Read the related article on Rick Brentlinger Just when you thought that not another book could be written to shed new light on the so-called “clobber passages” that are used against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Christians, along comes Rick Brentlinger, who schools us on Gay Christian 101: Spiritual Self-Defense for Gay Christians – What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality. Also featured in Whosoever Magazine’s 19th Godcast, a filmmaker named Lisa Darden is trying to bridge the gap between GLBT people and those on the “other side.” Her new film project, For Such a Time as This, features interviews with leaders in the gay and anti-gay communities — including the editor of a humble Internet magazine for GLBT Christians.
33 minutes | 13 years ago
Episode 18: The Ku Klux Klowns | Transgender Author/Consultant Vanessa Sheridan
Read the related article on Vanessa Sheridan Education is the key to fostering understanding of any oppressed group, be they gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or straight. In Whosoever’s 18th Godcast we explore two very different approaches to educating others about diversity. First, we find out what happens when the Ku Klux Klan gives a rally and clowns show up. We talk with one of the Ku Klux Klowns who schooled the Klan earlier this year in Knoxville, Tennessee. Also, being gay, lesbian, bisexual and Christian has its challenges, but when you’re transgender, there are often a whole new set of challenges to reconcile gender identity and faith. We talk with author and consultant Vanessa Sheridan about how she’s working to educate not just the church, but also corporations, about the transgender experience.
77 minutes | 14 years ago
Seminar 1: Spiritual Self-Defense for GLBT Christians
One installment of a three-part series Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are constantly told they are sick and sinful — that their very lives are an abomination to God. These words, repeated in pulpits, yelled at us from street corners and often said by family in our own homes as we grew up, harm our self-esteem and make us ashamed of living authentically as God created us. How do you defend yourself? How do you answer these kinds of attacks and reclaim your life as a beloved child of God who was also created as a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender person? Get the answers to these questions and more in this seminar, co-hosted by Whosoever Founder Rev. Candace Chellew and Rev. Paul M. Turner, Senior Pastor of Gentle Spirit Christian Church, who teach you: How to take the sting out of any attack. The best way to answer any words of hatred or condemnation. Keys to avoid being dragged into a pointless religious debate. How to see our opponents as God’s beloved children. Spiritual practices you can do today to reclaim your authentic self. As GLBT people we don’t have to be at the mercy of those who preach against us. It’s time for our community to empower ourselves and recapture our connection to God. We can no longer permit the words and actions of those who oppose us to shape our lives or stand between us and the God who made us and loves us. Seminar Booklet: Spiritual Self-Defense for GLBT Christians
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