Interesting interview with liberal Lutheran theologian Martin Marty in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently. He mentions that hospitality is a way to bridge the chasm between factions and groups that are at odds with one another. It’s different from tolerance, which often is a sort of “lowest common denominator” civility.
Unfortunately, Marty is typical of theologians who are generally progressive, but have had little to say about the situation of gay people in the church. Specifically, he failed to connect the dots and explore organized Christendom’s rampant lack of hospitality towards queer folk. (For the most recent example, check out this article. There is plenty of irony in the church’s lack of welcome; unlike the church, Christ identified inhospitality, not same-sex desire, as the sin of Sodom (Matthew 11:20-24).
Recently, I did a search on Google for “male mysteries” and came up with a page of links to various websites. Most of them were for books by Wiccan or NeoPagan authors about getting in touch with the Male aspect of the Divine and the Divine Masculine inside us.
This made me think about my nature as a gay man. Is this any different than just being a man. I typed in “gay mysteries” and hit the search button, curious as to what I would find.
Peter Gomes is an American Baptist minister serving at The Memorial Church at Harvard University. He is a Republican, and among a long list of accomplishments is his participation in the inaugurations of both Ronald Reagan and George Bush, Sr. He also happens to be African-American and gay.
When I first heard his name and the description of who he is, many of the words did not seem to compute. Peter is the author of The Good Book, in which he makes Biblical arguments against prejudice of all kinds, including a chapter on why the Bible, in fact, does not condemn homosexuality. To find out that he is a gay man is no shocker. I was more surprised by the fact that he is a Republican. My initial reaction is to ask how this man can be a part of a political organization that opposes many issues important to the GLBT community.