A Religious Liberal Blog

This site hopefully can provide some vehicle by which I can comment, complain, and once in a while praise the state of religion in this country and around the world from a liberal protestant perspective.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Congratulations Obama

When I first saw the pictures of Obama and 75,000 supporters at a rally in Portland a few days ago, it confirmed to me that the dems don't just have a nominee, they have a movement. A movement one hopes that can begin to address the unmet needs, challenges we face.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

News Update

So I've been working with finals in the two community colleges that I've been adjuncting with. At the same time I'm trying to find affordable housing in Indianapolis. Any ideas in that regard?

I'm moving there by the end of the month, beginning of June to get myself established there so that I can begin to take courses at Christian Theological Seminary this fall as a MDiv student for the Disciples of Christ (though standing in the UCC is also a goal).

This is kind of like seminary 2.0 in that I already have a MA in religion at United Theological in Minneapolis, but this time it's for the purposes of ministry. Going back a decade later with some differing religious commitments will be an interesting experience.

I stopped by the school yesterday and fell in love again with the bookstore. Had a discussion on doctrine that might be found in another blog post. And the city is starting to become more attractive to me than when I was originally considering this move.

Blogging here will likely be sporadic especially during moving week. A few sites to point out: Chris Tessone's books in response to my post, Oliver as an atheist visits an episcopal church in Mississippi, and I have a new flicker account with cat and friend pics.

Friday, May 16, 2008

The Church and Gay Marriage

The CA supreme court decision opening up gay marriage in the state has received a bit of press. I'm curious if such press coverage will note the support for gay marriage that a number of religious communities have expressed.

Or will the press coverage pit gay folks against religious groups in the way that it's been done in the past? I did find one piece noting how several United Church of Christ congregations and a UCC seminary in CA filed a brief in support of equality to the CA supreme court.

I suspect Obama's membership in the UCC helps that denomination's news coverage. It's a bit of a boon for the UCC, at least that was our experience working for a UCC supported campus ministry in Illinois where linking Obama to the denomination gave us positive attention.

Also the Episcopal Church's Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus, bishop of the diocese of California had this to say: "I welcome the ruling of the California Supreme Court affirming the fundamental right of all people to marry and establish a family.

All children of God should be afforded the same rights under the law, and this decision recognizes that all Californians, regardless of sexual orientation, have equal access to one of our fundamental institutions.

This decision gives our church another opportunity to partner with our state to ensure that all families have the support they need to build relationships that strengthen our communities, state and country."

TEC has put a lot on the line for inclusion as the last number of years have indicated. I hope that side of the story is included where religion actually welcomes equality. I apologize for my absence: finals and trying to move at the same time makes blogging tricky.