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Faith, God & Family:  Amazing Grace Saves, but Marriage Equality is Not Safe

Faith, God & Family: Amazing Grace Saves, but Marriage Equality is Not Safe

By: Paul P. Jesep*/TRT Columnist— In late June, President Barack Obama gave a momentous eulogy, at a funeral service for a pastor, one of nine African-Americans murdered in South Carolina. The president ended by singing “Amazing Grace,” a Christian hymn by John Newton written in 1779. The lyrics have evolved over time. One version has steered […]

Faith, God and Family: SCOTUS Decision Doesn’t Change Hearts & Minds

Faith, God and Family: SCOTUS Decision Doesn’t Change Hearts & Minds

By: Paul P. Jesep/ TRT Columnist—  The U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling on marriage equality. Absent the introduction of a constitutional amendment in Congress and ratified by two-thirds of the states to define marriage between one man and one woman, which is likely to succeed, the law allowing two people of the same […]

Faith, Family, and God: Jeb Bush Gets it Wrong on Marriage

Faith, Family, and God: Jeb Bush Gets it Wrong on Marriage

By: Paul P. Jesep*/TRT Columnist — In a May interview, Jeb Bush, former Florida governor and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, underscored his opposition to marriage equality, insisting that it’s not a constitutional right. Bush has received the ire of influential GOP activists for including advisers who strongly support marriage equality in his inner circle. Now, it appears […]

Faith, Family and God: Lesbian Partners Make Presbyterian History as Ministers

Faith, Family and God: Lesbian Partners Make Presbyterian History as Ministers

By Paul P. Jesep*/TRT Columnist— Quakers, Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Evangelical Lutherans, and members of the United Church of Christ are among the Christian denominations supporting marriage equality or blessing same-gender unions. The Reform Jewish Movement and Conservative Jewish Movement also support marriage equality, while Hindus and Buddhists have no settled position. Recently, the Presbyterian Church (distinct from […]

Faith, Family and God: Inner Wellbeing With or Without the Almighty

Faith, Family and God: Inner Wellbeing With or Without the Almighty

By: Paul P. Jesep*/TRT Columnist— Spring is here! Now is a good time to celebrate the renewal of life for ourselves and families while having renewed hope for the world. It’s also a good time to do an annual spiritual check-in regarding one’s inner wellbeing, and you don’t need a belief in a higher authority […]

Faith, Family and God: Hearts & Minds are Changing about LGBTs

Faith, Family and God: Hearts & Minds are Changing about LGBTs

By: Paul P. Jesep*/TRT Columnist— Over the years, I’ve written about changing laws advancing LGBTQ civil and human rights while observing that such changes don’t immediately translate into the softening of hearts with acceptance or minds being nurtured with understanding. There are several extraordinary examples, however, that can be cited where a change of hearts […]

Faith, Family & God: Do Unto Others—The Dangers of Discrimination Based on Religion

Faith, Family & God: Do Unto Others—The Dangers of Discrimination Based on Religion

By: Paul P. Jesep*/TRT Columnist— In January, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to hear arguments on expanding the definition of secular marriage. One issue before the court will determine whether states without same-sex marriage may prohibit them, but be required to recognize such unions for residents who had them legally performed elsewhere. The other is […]

Faith, Family and God: Finding your Truth & Relevance in 2015

Faith, Family and God: Finding your Truth & Relevance in 2015

By: Paul P. Jesep*/TRT Columnist— Often when I conduct a workshop, speak before a civic group, or receive an email inquiry about spiritual counseling and inner wellbeing, there is a direct or inferred question about the meaning of life, or lack thereof. There is a hunger to connect to something bigger than self-interest. There is […]