Rites, Be They Civil

Blog URL: http://civilrites.blogspot.com

A blog from a theologically trained, civically engaged, thinking musical somewhat-youngish Lutheran gay man who is considered liberal by conservatives, conservative by liberals, and a socialist by Sarah Palin.

Located: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Tags: civil rights, gay, LGBT, ELCA, Jesus, church, love, movement, Anoka Hennepin

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Fred & Hans: A 95-year Mystery from the "Great War" on Nov 12, 2011 in Fred Livingstone, Hans Bach, mystery, soldier, friendship, WW1, friends, R. A. M. C., Netley Hospital"Hans Bach, from his sincere friend, Fred. J. Livingstone, Corporal R. A. M. C., Netley Hospital England.  Mar. 25th 1915."Nearly 15 years ago, when I was poking around in a curiosity shop in Cologne, Germany, I found this picture.  The you...



Eight is Enough on Nov 11, 2011Three months plus since I started writing a 15-entry series on 15 years of being out of the closet, I've finished only eight of them.  I wanted to finish what I started, but so far have not.  And it's gotten in the way of writing further en...



15 for 15 VIII: Why I Must Be Out on Jul 10, 2011 in ELCA, Minnesota, closet, Minneapolis, Uganda, identity, sexuality, equality, LGBT, bullies, gay, God, suicide, judgment, Out, honesty, rights, prejudice, acceptance, Justin Aaberg"You must remove any mention of your sexual orientation from your paperwork, resubmit for assignment elsewhere, and not mention it in any interviews with churches."        --ELCA Official, recommending the only way she saw me bein...



15 for 15 VII: Pride, or Anti-Pity on May 24, 2011 in liberation, community, reconciliation, sexuality, equality, LGBT, gay, God, blessing, respect, Jesus, rights, Lawrence University, prejudice, sin, acceptance, love"What have you done today to make you feel proud?"  --Heather Small"You can take away my job, my vocation, my marriage, my home, and my life, but you can't take away my pride." --C. W.I."I'm on my way, can't stop me now.  And you can do the...



An Open Letter to Jim Wallis on LGBTQ “Civil Rights.” on May 10, 2011 in crisis, Uganda, Jim Wallis, Jesus, Sojourners, LGBT, acceptanceI am taking a break this morning from my meditations on coming out, which shall continue soon, to express my disappointment in Jim Wallis & the Sojourner's Board's decision not to run an ad supportive of LGBTQ people submitted by the Believe Out...



15 for 15 VI: The First Time, or I'm Finally Out! on May 7, 2011 in senses, closet, liberation, memoir, identity, sexuality, friends, hope, LGBT, piano, Glenn Gould, gay, reflection, respect, Out, crisis, honesty, acceptance, loveThe day had to come. Earlier that day, I was agonizing, as I did every day, over the guy I was in love with but didn't, or couldn't, tell.  When he told me that he was in love with another guy, I told him how I felt about him, and there it was.O...