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Faith, Family and God—Rev. Fred Phelps is Dead

Faith, Family and God—Rev. Fred Phelps is Dead

By: Paul P. Jesep*/TRT Columnist— The Satanic Temple of New York, dedicated to the wisdom and philosophy of Lucifer, will celebrate a “Pink Mass” over the grave of Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., Westboro Baptist Church founder and notorious homophobic clergyman. Phelps, the man long associated with the phrase “God Hates Fags,” died March 20. Purportedly, the […]

Faith, Family and God — Space for People We Hate

Faith, Family and God — Space for People We Hate

By: Paul P. Jesep*/TRT Columnist— In late January, I had the opportunity to twice attend Holy Eucharist at Saint Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in New York City on Park Avenue. I always try to spend time at St. Bart’s when in New York, whether for Eucharist, evening prayer or to sit quietly in a side chapel with its […]

Faith, Family and God — L’chaim! (To Life!): From Jewish Scripture to Gay Marriage

Faith, Family and God — L’chaim! (To Life!): From Jewish Scripture to Gay Marriage

By: Paul P. Jesep*/ TRT Columnist— The Talmud, a sacred Jewish book distinct from the Torah (Hebrew Scriptures, improperly referred to as the Old Testament) is divided into two parts: the Mishnah and Gemara. It contains wisdom about law, ethics, history, folklore, and philosophy from rabbis going back almost two thousand years. There’s something inherently […]

Faith, Family and God – Don’t Shoot the Duck

Faith, Family and God – Don’t Shoot the Duck

By: Paul P. Jesep*/TRT Columnist— Frequently, I’ve written about being true to one’s sacred Creation as Created by the Creator. This Creation is defined, in part, by responses to those who harm or marginalize your personhood. How you meet the meanness of others can be moments of transcendence and enlightenment. I’m not thinking of an […]

Faith, Family and God – Send Pope Francis a Christmas Card

Faith, Family and God – Send Pope Francis a Christmas Card

By: Paul P. Jesep*/TRT Columnist— It troubles me when I read hopeful though uninformed LGBTQ writers or activists suggesting Pope Francis is ushering in a new age of acceptance toward the community. It’s premature. Pope Francis changed the tone, not the message, at least not yet. Catholic institutional misunderstanding continues, though it is now being […]

Faith, Family, and God – A Survivor’s Guide to Biblical Basics, Part Two

Faith, Family, and God – A Survivor’s Guide to Biblical Basics, Part Two

Six misunderstood passages used to marginalized God’s LGBTQ children By: Paul P. Jesep*/TRT Columnist— Last month’s column made overall observations regarding the Bible’s references to homosexuality and their various ways those references have been interpreted, including those from Genesis 19: 1-5. This month, I will discuss six other misunderstood passages used to marginalize God’s LGBTQ […]

Faith, Family, and God – A Survivor’s Guide to Biblical Basics, Part One

Faith, Family, and God – A Survivor’s Guide to Biblical Basics, Part One

By: Paul P. Jesep*/TRT Columnist— Despite books, articles and media interviews with LGBTQ-friendly clergy addressing the handful of biblical references to homosexuality, there is still a great deal of misinformation about what the Bible actually says regarding same-gender relationships. It has occurred to me that I’ve written about the topic in a piecemeal fashion in […]

Faith, Family, and God: A Survivor’s Guide to Biblical Basics, Part 1

Faith, Family, and God: A Survivor’s Guide to Biblical Basics, Part 1

By: Paul P. Jesep*/TRT Columnist— Despite books, articles and media interviews with LGBTQ-friendly clergy addressing the handful of biblical references to homosexuality, there is still a great deal of misinformation about what the Bible actually says regarding same-gender relationships. It has occurred to me that I’ve written about the topic in a piecemeal fashion in […]

Faith, Family, and God – Preferring Hell, if God is Homophobic; He is Not

Faith, Family, and God – Preferring Hell, if God is Homophobic; He is Not

By: Paul P. Jesep*/TRT Columnist— Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu, one of South Africa’s greatest spiritual and political leaders, said in late July, “I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this.” He added, “I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven. No, I would say sorry, […]

Faith, Family, and God – Economic Poverty Among LGBTQ People

Faith, Family, and God – Economic Poverty Among LGBTQ People

By: Paul P. Jesep*/TRT Columnist— LGBTQ organizations and individual activists still fight for legal equality in housing, employment, and family definition, but justice goes beyond legal rights. Poverty (http://tiny.cc/2tqq0w) is another important issue. The Williams Institute (http://tiny.cc/vuqq0w)  at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law released an updated study in June titled […]

Faith, family, and God: Despite Apology, Exodus Continues Spiritual Abuse

Faith, family, and God: Despite Apology, Exodus Continues Spiritual Abuse

By: Paul P. Jesep*/TRT Columnist— Physical and emotional harm are two known forms of abuse. However, spiritual abuse is often overlooked. Spiritual and emotional mistreatment carries scars and wounds long after physical harm heals. The unseen abuse can go on for a lifetime. Although some find a level of closure, for many the door remains […]

Faith, Family and God: Thinking About Relativism & Keeping Perspective

Faith, Family and God: Thinking About Relativism & Keeping Perspective

By: Paul P. Jesep*/TRT Columnist— Religious leaders, especially those opposed to LGBTQ civil and human rights, narrowly define relativism as pop culture’s attempt to impose or project its values on God, thus undermining society. According to them, relativism is enabling political correctness to compromise sacred, timeless truths. Evidently, it is possible to force the Maker […]

Faith, Family, and God: Will the New Pope Bring Change Because of His Humility?

Faith, Family, and God: Will the New Pope Bring Change Because of His Humility?

By: Paul P. Jesep*/TRT Columnist– Before you go any further take a Valium, enjoy a cocktail, or get your Tagamet ready. Your blood pressure may spike. Pope Francis I, the newly enthroned leader of 1.2 billion Catholics, does not support marriage equality and LGBTQ adoption of children. Yet his humility and training as a Jesuit, […]

Faith, Family, and God: No Change with New Pope; Empowering LGBTQ Christians

Faith, Family, and God: No Change with New Pope; Empowering LGBTQ Christians

By: Paul P. Jesep*/TRT Columnist– Benedict XVI’s unexpected abdication as Pope and Bishop of Rome doesn’t mean much for LGBTQ civil and human rights. His successor won’t change the Catholic Church’s official position toward LGBTQ people and families. Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana, for example, a top tier contender to be the next Pope, has […]

Faith, Family, and God: The Marriage Ceremony & the Importance of Choosing a Celebrant

Faith, Family, and God: The Marriage Ceremony & the Importance of Choosing a Celebrant

By: Paul P. Jesep*/TRT Columnist– One of the most joyous events in the lives of two people is joining together in marriage. Increasingly, more LGBTQ couples are choosing to have their unions blessed or solemnized by ordained clergy. More faiths and denominations within those traditions embrace the holy, sacramental validity of two persons of the […]

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