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Feb 27 2010

New Bulletproof Faith Appearance

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I’m happy to announce that I’ll be at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas on Tuesday, March 9, 2010 to present my workshop on Spiritual Self Defense. My appearance is part of their Faith and Sexuality Week.

I’ll be doing the workshop from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Worsham Performance Hall. For more information, check out the Facebook event page.

I’m sad to announce that I have had to cancel my appearance at The Evangelical Network’s upcoming conference April 29-May 2, 2010, due to money and time constraints. I encourage everyone who can go to register and support TEN.

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Feb 02 2010

2010 Appearances

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As we move into a new year, there will be new opportunities to catch up with me and hear me talk about how you can develop a Bulletproof Faith! Here’s a list of some of the places I’ll be this year:

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Oct 05 2009

Bulletproof Faith at Anti-Heterosexism Conference

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I’ll be in West Palm Beach, Florida November 20-22 for the 2009 Anti-Heterosexism Conference sponsored by Soulforce, Truth Wins Out and a bunch of other great organizations.

The goal of the conference is to “help stop the harm caused by heterosexism, reparative therapy, ex-gay ministries and other sexual orientation change efforts.”

I’ll be presenting my workshop on Sunday, Nov. 22.

I hope you’ll be able to come!

Go here to register.

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Sep 24 2009

Meet me in Dayton, Ohio this weekend

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It’s going to be an incredible weekend in Dayton, Ohio! I’m doing a book signing Friday night, a workshop and worship service on Saturday and preaching twice on Sunday! Jason and Demarco will also be performing. If you’re in the area – join us at Cross Creek Community Church!

Go here for more details:

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Sep 07 2009

Here come the brides!

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My partner Wanda and I went to Canada last month and got officially hitched!

While we were there I preached at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church and we marched in the Ottawa pride parade.

You can view pictures of this event here.

You can read my ruminations on the wedding at Religion Dispatches, as well as some of the mean-spirited comments that require a bulletproof faith!

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Aug 23 2009

Upcoming Appearance

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Hi all, I’ll be in Ottawa, Canada for their pride this weekend, August 27-30.

I’ll be preaching at the Church of St. John the Evangelist at the corner of Elgin and Somerset at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, August 30, then joining the pride parade at 11 a.m.

The most exciting part of the trip, though, will happen on Friday, August 28, when Wanda and I will get legally married in Canada. Sadly, when we return to the States we will again be legally single, but it is our hope that one day our marriage will be recognized in the United States along with all other international and domestic marriages.

I hope some of you can be there Sunday, August 30 for the worship service! Say hi if you’re there.

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May 11 2009

Upcoming appearances

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Hey everyone, I’ve got some appearances coming up soon, including:

  • May 23, 2009: AIDS Committee of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada. I’ll be presenting my workshop on Bulletproof Faith on Saturday, May 23, 2009 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Ottawa Public Library Downtown with a book signing at 5 p.m. at After Stonewall Bookstore.

Hope you’ll be able to join me at either or both!

For more upcoming appearances, go here.

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Apr 25 2009

Come see me in the DC area!

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I’m headed to the Washington, DC area this coming weekend. If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll come to the workshop on Saturday, May 2 at Clarendon Presbyterian Church in Arlington, VA.

  • May 4-5, 2009: HRC’s Clergy Call, Washington, DC. I’ll be lobbying Congress for LGBT rights!
  • May 2-3, 2009: Clarendon Presbyterian Church, Arlington, Virginia. Workshop on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. – noon, preaching on Sunday at 10 a.m service.

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Mar 27 2009

New Appearances Scheduled

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I’ve booked a couple of new appearances coming up soon. Hopefully, they’re in your area and you’ll be able to attend:

  • May 23, 2009: AIDS Committee of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada. I’ll be presenting my workshop on Bulletproof Faith on Saturday, May 23, 2009 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Ottawa Public Library Downtown with a book signing at 5 p.m. at After Stonewall Bookstore.
  • September 26-27, 2009: Cross Creek Community Church, Dayton, OH. I’ll be giving several presentations on the book and appearing with Jason and DeMarco! (Though I doubt they’ll let me sing with them.)

If your church or organization would like me to come and provide a workshop, sermon, talk, or even a little song and dance (I do sing and play guitar, though my dancing is questionable), please use this form to contact me!

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Mar 10 2009

Thanks SC Book Fest!

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I had a blast at the South Carolina Book Festival, February 27-March 1, 2009. Despite the rainy weather all weekend, I enjoyed hobnobbing with other authors. Wanda and I attended the pre-event party and ate and drank our fill while meeting new friends. The only thing we couldn’t do was eat the salmon – it still had the head on it. I don’t really care for my food staring at me while I eat it. Reminds me of the Restaurant at the End of the Universe when the cow comes to the table and talks about what succulent cuts of him you can order.

“Well, I’ll just go and off myself, now!” the cow says cheerily before leaving the table.

Yeah, Doug Adams can make me a vegetarian.

I spent Saturday morning on a panel with two incredible authors, Karen Spears Zacharias and Tiffany Warren.

Karen’s latest book, Where’s Your Jesus Now? Examining How Fear Erodes Our Faith is a great book for gay and lesbian readers. She explores how fear turns believers into followers of “Certainocity” – with their beliefs set in concrete in fear that they’ll miss out on God’s salvation. Those entrenched in their “certainocity” would rather bomb you than have a dialogue with you. This is just the kind of fear my book, Bulletproof Faith, seeks to help LGBT people confront. On the other side of the coin is our own fear that God won’t love or accept us as LGBT people – so we have our own form of “certainocity” that God is not for us, so we abandon our faith. Karen’s book is an excellent place to begin dialogue with evangelicals. In one chapter, Karen recounts her own struggle over her feelings about homosexuality. She comes down in a place that is open to dialogue and reconciliation. I am so fortunate to have met this amazing woman.

The other panelist was Tiffany Warren who is a Christian fiction writer. Her books are mainly romances and if I had not sat on this panel with her it would generally be a genre I’d never think to pick up. However, I could not put down her latest novel, The Bishop’s Daughter. The book tells the story of a confirmed player who travels from Cleveland to Atlanta to do an expose on a prominent pastor. What he finds is an incredible family – love with the Bishop’s daughter – and ultimately forgiveness. For someone, like me, who doesn’t really like fiction all that much – Tiffany’s writing is captivating. I’m a big fan in great dialogue, and Tiffany is a master. Get this book!

Well, after all the fawning like the fan I am – the panel we sat on was incredible. We all come from very different places about faith, but we found a lot of common ground and a lot to discuss despite our differences.

You can listen to the complete panel discussion here.

I also did a reading later in the day. You can hear that here.

For more pictures of the event go here.

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