Thursday, March 26, 2015

Same Day, Another Quote: Rachel Held Evans on How LGBT People Have a Lot to Teach Christians

Same day, another quote (for the day): evangelical blogger and author of the new book Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church, Rachel Held Evans tells Candace Chellew-Hodge,

A Note of Thanks, with a Note Asking for Prayers/Supportive Thoughts/Holding a Friend in the Light

Before I forget: I want to issue a note of sincere thanks to Bob/tinywriting, for his assistance in reformatting the photo of me I've chosen to use as the header of this blog's homepage. This is a photo Steve took of me in May 2006 when we went on pilgrimage to the shrines of Walsingham in East Anglia and of St. David's in Wales, with stops at other holy places (including a monastery where friends of ours had arranged for us to stay with a gloriously kind group of Benedictine nuns) across southern England.

Quote for Day: Fred Clark on Hobby Lobby, the Supremes, and "Religious Hucksterism"

Fred Clark yesterday, commenting on the Supreme Court's decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that corporations must be permitted to exercise conscience and assert religious belief, even when the sincerity of the religious beliefs the corporation asserts is not well-established, or the beliefs themselves do not stand up to evidence that contradicts them: 

Francis As a Reform Pope: The View from Where I Stand As a Gay Catholic Nearing My 65th Birthday

I'm now a few days from my 65th birthday, and have been occupied lately trying to figure out the complexities of applying for Medicare — the normal complexity of an intricate process compounded in my case, since my marriage last May is legally recognized by the federal government but not by my state, and the lack of clarity about my marital situation radically affects my Medicare options. Work on a new office for me continues right around my head as I tussle with federal and state government websites and make phone calls to try to obtain clarity about the Medicare situation.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Confronting the Real History of American Families: Stories Hiding in Plain Sight

This is one of those family-history postings that may interest only a slice of regular readers of this blog — except that it tells, I myself think, a story that may interest people who aren't particularly interested in genealogy. A story that hrh might call zaftig . . . . Often, in our research about family history, such fascinating stories are hiding in plain sight. This is one of that sort, I've concluded, one about a cross-racial family. 

Jerry Slevin on Chilean Catholic Revolt and Need for a New Ecumenical Council

Friday, March 20, 2015

Question for You As Week Ends: When Is a Provacateuse Just a Provocateuse and When Does She Become a Troll?

I'm full of questions as this work week ends. My question here: when is a troll a troll, and when is she just a provocateuse? Yesterday, in this National Catholic Reporter thread, a contributor characterizes an NCR regular she calls "Purgi" as "not a troll but sometimes a provacateuse, at least on LGBT subjects."