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Living in the Underbelly: A Strategy

During the first Bush war the faculty and staff at the university where I worked organized several teach-ins to make clear what was at stake. The word "empire" was only just being embraced by the Bush administration as a positive description of the US. One political scientist compared empires to an 800 pound gorilla whose mammoth size creates all kinds of problems, kind of like a bull in a china shop analogy. It was then that I began to fully understand the underbelly of my country.

An underbelly is the (usually) hidden and corrupt areas of a nation. And we now live in a time when the underbelly of the US has been fully revealed. Put simply, our underbelly is the absurd obsession that value some bodies more than others based on random categories such as the amount of melanin in one's skin, or the idea that genitalia that we have (or not) somehow represents intelligence or status. It includes the idea that a b birthplace denotes which side of a border one has to live. And, in terms of the Jewish and Christian faiths this is a lie that flies in the face of the Creation story when all of creation is declared "very good." It is a ridiculous and dangerous belief that permeates much of our way of relating to one another governs the ways that jobs, status and privilege is accessible. Yet, there is good news....

The second meaning to the word "underbelly" is that this is the soft, unprotected part where attacks can be made. It is precisely this...

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Christians and Sacred Sex

Every now and then I get a sexual question from a Christian trying to sort through sexual ethics in a moral way. The latest one is about Tantric sex and here is my answer.

I have a question regarding Tantra, sexuality and...

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On Being an Ambassador for Christ in Difficult Times - A Lenten Meditation

This is a difficult time politically right now. Even though most of us in the US are descendants of immigrants we are watching as refugees from war-torn countries are being forced to leave US shores, some to return to starvation...

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Speaking Truth about Our Bodies & Sexuality

During political season it seems truth-telling quickly moves out of fashion. All that  matters is persuasion - even if it includes lying. Yet, when it comes to sexuality, the Christian church has done its own share of...

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Sex and Religion - Some Great Resources

I am delighted to announce that I am a professor this semester at Lancaster Theological Seminary teaching seminarians about a sex-positive Christianity. As I prepare for the course, “Ministering in Matters of Sexuality” it occurs...

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Reading the Bible with Sex-Positive Eyes: 4 Webinars

I am excited to announce we have a four-part webinar titled, “Reading the Bible with Sex-Positive Eyes” to help people who are caught in the trap of religiously-induced sex negativity (shame and guilt) – and to help those who...

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God as Erotic Passion

If you had to put your thoughts on God and sex into one sentence, could you do it? The connection of the sacred and the physical, the intimate link between our soul’s search and our body’s sensual experiences is at the heart of...

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