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Jun 10 2009

Blog Radio Interview

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I was interviewed tonight on Blog Talk Radio by Genia Stephens on Sisters Talk Radio.

Check it out here! And be sure to subscribe to her show’s feed!

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May 19 2009

My interview on the “Seed Show”

I made an appearance on May 11, 2009 on the Seed Show – a local progressive talk show here in Columbia, SC. Yes, we actually have one, count ’em, one, Air America station with some local progressive programming!

Anyway, here’s a link to my segment. We talked about Bulletproof Faith, gays in the military and lots of other stuff.

Seed Show – 5/11/09

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Feb 24 2009

Meet Me at the SC Book Festival

The South Carolina Book Festival will be held this weekend, February 27 – March 1, at the Convention Center in Columbia, SC.

I’ll be sitting on a panel discussing “Different Takes on Faith” with two other writers at 11:20 a.m. Saturday, February 28,  in Congaree Meeting Room A & B. I’ll be signing copies of Bulletproof Faith after the panel. Then, at 4:30 p.m., I’ll be reading from the book in Richland Meeting Room C.

Ahead of the event, The State newspaper in Columbia, has included me in a story running in today’s paper.

I hope you’ll be able to attend if you’re near Columbia this weekend. Be sure to stop in and say hi!

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Feb 12 2009

New Article on Bulletproof Faith

Published by under Interviews,Reviews (formerly Out in Asheville), has a great review/interview with me.

Here’s an excerpt:

The idea of approaching the world, especially one’s opponents, with “gentleness and reverence” is at the heart of the strategies presented in Bulletproof Faith: A Spiritual Survival Guide for Gay and Lesbian Christians.  Bulletproof Faith is, at its core, a book that would help anyone of any faith (or none at all) and any sexual identity but LGBT people of faith will be helped the most by it.  In the book, Chellew-Hodge talks about becoming “bulletproof.” In a sense, being bulletproof means having a thick skin or more accurately being so at ease in one’s skin, comfortable with one’s self and identity, that hate speech is ineffective.  The foundation of bulletproofness is embracing one’s authentic self, not the homophobic images forced upon the LGBTQ community by our opponents and oppressors.

Read the whole thing.

Thanks  to Lin Orndorf for the interview and great article!

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Dec 17 2008

Huffington Post Mention

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I have been quoted in a piece over at Huffington Post about President-Elect Barack Obama’s selection of Rick Warren to give the invocation at his inauguration.

Check it out here.

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Oct 31 2008

New Interview: OutSmart Mag in Houston

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My good friend Neil Ellis Orts recently did an interview with me about the book for Houston’s OutSmart magazine. Here’s an excerpt:

Neil Ellis Orts: Bulletproof Faith grew out of workshops, right?
Candace Chellew-Hodge: In 1998, I wrote an article for Whosoever called “Spiritual Self-Defense for Gay and Lesbian Christians.” I took principals of physical self-defense and adapted them for spiritual self-defense. I likened it to the martial art of aikido, which has no kicks or punches. It’s all defensive moves so you can’t attack anyone, but if you’re attacked, you’re well prepared. So, the seed was planted in 1998, and shortly thereafter I developed a workshop around those ideas and presented it at several conferences around the country. People really got a kick out of it because I would incorporate some pop culture references like The Karate Kid and Xena, Warrior Princess.

Read the full interview here.

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Oct 30 2008

Echo Mag Article on Bulletproof Faith

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Echo Magazine in Phoenix, Arizona has done a nice article on the book. Here is an excerpt:

With that end in mind, Bulletproof Faith differs from other pro-GLBT books with a Christian theme. It eschews re-interpretations of Bible passages traditionally used to condemn homosexual behavior or relationships in favor of “spiritual survival” exercises designed deepen the reader’s experience of their personal relationship with God, as well as prepare themselves for the feelings that religious-based attacks on their sexual orientation bring up. One exercise introduces readers to the benefits of discovering their “authentic self” through prayer and meditation; another encourages readers to “surrender before battle” to the power and will of God.

Such exercises, Chellew-Hodge asserts, can help GLBT people “remove the hot buttons” in their psyche that lead them to react to hostile attacks with anger. The activities can also help readers separate their experiences of God from the beliefs and assertions of those who disagree with them.

“The imperative of the whole book is to live authentically and live as the people God has called us to be,” she said. “Your experience of God should never come from the words of someone else — bad or good.”

You can read it all here.

Maybe it’s the resolution on my screen, but my lips look really purple in the picture. I swear I’m not wearing lipstick!

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Oct 10 2008

New Article on Bulletproof Faith

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The Free Times in Columbia, SC, has published an article on my new book, Bulletproof Faith.

Here’s an excerpt:

In her book, Chellew-Hodge outlines what she calls “spiritual self-defense.” She says it is important to discuss spirituality, but no one should feel the obligation to suffer insults, what she calls “verbal hit-and-runs.”

“We must be able to discern between the well-meaning person who hasn’t yet been educated in how to speak to us lovingly and the hateful bigot who doesn’t care about speaking lovingly,” she says.

She has gained a lot of practice in knowing one from the other. In 1996, Chellew-Hodge founded Whosoever, an online magazine for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Christians. She has been getting a lot of mail ever since. Some letters have been sent with genuine care and concern. Others have been sent with death threats.

Check the full article out here.

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Aug 26 2008

Bulletproof Faith on Rainbow Radio

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One of the cool things about being the co-host of a radio show is that it’s really easy to get booked as a guest.

My co-host Bruce Converse interviewed me on Rainbow Radio for a show that airs in Columbia on WOIC-1230 AM at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 31, 2008. You can hear it here first by going to the Rainbow Radio site. Scroll down to the bottom and download Show 150 and hear me talk about Bulletproof Faith: A Spiritual Survival Guide for Gay and Lesbian Christians and read an excerpt from the book.

Rainbow Radio was the first radio show for the GLBT community to air in South Carolina and we’re still going after starting in October of 2005. Check out the past shows while you’re there!

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Aug 01 2008

Interviewed by Atheists

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I recently did an interview with Hemant Mehta over at The Friendly Atheist. He asked some great, thoughtful questions. I don’t know how many of his readers will actually be interested in reading my book, but the interview has sparked some interesting and thoughtful discussion.

Here’s his first question and my answer:

Hemant Mehta: How do you deal with other religious figures who consider homosexuality an abomination?

Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge: I try to deal with all of my opponents with love and understanding. I also try to not take their rants against homosexuality personally. It’s not about me. Something about homosexuality sets them off. Something within them is reacting against the idea of homosexuality or a gay Christian. I want to understand what that is, so I try to listen deeply to them. What I mainly hear is fear and pain. They’re afraid of losing their faith and being wrong on some point of faith is scary — it means they may be wrong in other areas. I also hear the pain. Anti-gay Christians do have a deep concern for GLBT people and want to see them come to God. They often resort to repulsive ways of telling us about their concern, but I can still hear that concern and try to respond to them in a loving manner.

In the end, I attempt to look past the hateful words and actions and try to see the humanity in my opponent. If I can model this, perhaps I’ll get the same consideration in return. I treat them as I want them to treat me, whether they return that treatment or not. I don’t want to argue — I want to understand my enemy and in that way, perhaps eliminate one more enemy when we find common ground. We may still disagree about homosexuality, but at least a door has been opened to dialogue.

Read the rest here.

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