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Faith, God and Family:  The Lord’s Prayer for LGBTQ Persons of Faith

Faith, God and Family: The Lord’s Prayer for LGBTQ Persons of Faith

By: Paul P. Jesep*/TRT Columnist— The Lord’s Prayer can seem exclusionary, especially in its beginning. The Christian prayer, sometimes called the “Our Father,” however, is actually inclusive. It is a reflection, meditation, or conversation with the Almighty. Most religions have a core wisdom, though each can be perverted. Christianity is no different. It sometimes has […]

Faith, God and Family: Reflections of a LGBTQ Scholar, Activist, Professor & Theologian, Part IV

Faith, God and Family: Reflections of a LGBTQ Scholar, Activist, Professor & Theologian, Part IV

By: Paul P. Jesep*/TRT Columnist— Justin Tanis (http://goo.gl/Jbkahs), Managing Director at the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry (http://goo.gl/IBWXqy), established at the Pacific School of Religion (http://goo.gl/TnUYXz) for gender, religion, and sexuality, answered twelve questions submitted by The Rainbow Times after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality (http://goo.gl/XBEVLN). The […]

Justin Tanis: Reflections of a Scholar, Activist, & Theologian, Part III

Justin Tanis: Reflections of a Scholar, Activist, & Theologian, Part III

By: Paul P. Jesep*/TRT Columnist— Justin Tanis, Managing Director at the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry, established at the Pacific School of Religion in the areas of sexuality, gender, and religion, answered twelve questions submitted by The Rainbow Times after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality. The answers deal […]

Faith, God and Family: Marriage Equality & Religious Liberty, A Theologian’s Reflection Part 2

Faith, God and Family: Marriage Equality & Religious Liberty, A Theologian’s Reflection Part 2

By: Paul P. Jesep*/TRT Columnist— Justin Tanis, Managing Director at the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry, established at the Pacific School of Religion for gender, religion, and sexuality, answered twelve questions submitted by The Rainbow Times after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality. The answers to the questions deal with marriage equality […]

Faith, God and Family: Marriage Equality and Religious Liberty, A Theologian's Reflection

Faith, God and Family: Marriage Equality and Religious Liberty, A Theologian’s Reflection

By: Paul P. Jesep*/TRT Faith Columnist— Justin Tanis, Managing Director at the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry, established at the Pacific School of Religion for gender, religion, and sexuality, answered twelve questions submitted by The Rainbow Times after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality. [The answers to the questions deal […]

Faith, God and Family: Give Thanks for Something Everyday

Faith, God and Family: Give Thanks for Something Everyday

By: Paul P. Jesep*/TRT Columnist— One thing I underscore in my spiritual wellness classes is to be thankful for something each day. No matter how bad your life might be, give thanks. Develop a routine to do it. Be grateful to the Creator or the Universe (if you don’t believe in a higher power). Do […]

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 […]