The Focus Beyond DADT

11/5 The mid-term elections are written in the Book of Life and now Congress will return for the lame duck session. The House has already passed the bill to end Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) and the Senate leadership has promised to pass it before the end of the year. If all goes well, lesbian, […]

Next Steps After the Prop 8 Decision: General Assembly and Netroots Nation Guide Us

8/6 Like many of us, I was on pins and needles on Wednesday, knowing that federal district Judge Vaughn Walker planned to issue his verdict that day in the case challenging the constitutionality of the Prop 8 ban on marriage between two men or two women in California. I jumped up when CNN broke the […]

End “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” in the PCUSA, too

6/4 As I watched the historic steps taken last week toward the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” – the policy that bans GLBT people from serving openly in our country’s military – I was reminded of the Presbyterian Church’s policies concerning those called to serve the church. Successful service in the military and the […]

A Matter of Integrity

2/5 For longer than I can remember, our weekly prayer group has opened with a prayer written by Howard Thurman that begins and ends with the stirring plea, “Lord, I want to be more holy in my heart (United Methodist Hymnal, 401).” Last week, as I listened to Admiral Mullen’s public testimony in favor of […]