“To the Tune of a Welcoming God”

Michael Bayley at The Wild Reed has drawn my attention to David Weiss’ book “To the Tune of a Welcoming God”, and posts two excerpts from the book.

To theTtune of a Welcoming GodIn the first, David describes his journey in coming out – not as gay, but as a gay ally.  The second is a prose poem,   “Words Offered at the End of the Day to an Unknown Friend Living in Fear”. Both are worth reading:  we as LGBT people of faith need to speak up opnely and in our own voices, but we also need allies, and we need to hold firmly to the knowledge that God is always welcoming:  not “in spite” of our sexuality, but just because we are all God’s people.

I do not reproduce the text here, but encourage you to read it.  Go to The Wild Reed, where you can also read Michael’s comments, and follow some links to earlier post on David Weiss;  or go to the book’s home page, where you will be able to order it directly from the author, and also find additional excerpts. ” Holding our Breath in the Face of Hate: Reading the Bible “Word by Word” in the Spirit of Christ” is a valuable discussion nto only of the ‘clobber texts’, but also a demonstration of why and how to go further than simply defusing them:

“My presentation is arranged in two broad parts. In the first half I will speak directly to the biblical texts so often used to terrorize the gay community. This is the least of what I want to talk about, but it is where I will begin. In the second half, I will explain why I think simply “defusing” these few texts is not enough—why I think that we must and can do better. And I actually will do better: by suggesting what I believe is a far more faithful and promising way to approach Scripture. Finally, I will conclude with a few short reflections on what all of this means when it comes full circle to the practice of our sexuality

“Word of Welcome” is a hymn David has written (to be sung to the tune of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”). “It Was upon a Moonlit Night” is also a hymn, on the theme of the Last Supper.

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