Dear Indiana Christians (a letter from Jesus)

11079043_10152814490161872_6867711666816996190_nIn light of the “religious freedom” nonsense that has gone on in Indiana (and rock on to the people who are protesting this nonsense), I really wish I’d written this letter to Indiana, from Jesus, at John Pavlovitz: Stuff That Needs to Be Said:

I’ve seen what’s been going on there lately. Actually, I’ve been watching you all along and I really need to let you know something, just in case you misunderstand:

This isn’t what I had planned.

This wasn’t the Church I set the table for.

It wasn’t the dream I had for you, when I spoke in those parables about the Kingdom; about my Kingdom.

It was all supposed to be so very different.

Do click on the link and read the rest. It’s priceless.

As a bonus, here is Indiana Gov. Mike Pence saying he is seeking guidance to clarifying the law. He says:

“Despite the irresponsible headlines that have appeared in the national media, this law is not about discrimination. If it was, I would have vetoed it.”

Uh-huh. Well, then. That explains things.

And thanks, DickG., for the link. And thanks, Sis. Carole, for the photo.

And look what we have here: A blog to help men to make women submit

CRYING-BABY-JESUSThis from a blog that says the writer is “serving Jesus in  Ukraine” and starts with:

Alright men here’s another post for you! Let’s not beat around the bush, the Bible commands our wives to submit to us!

(Myself? I love it when grown people use exclamation points! It’s says: I mean this! It says: I’m happy!)

And the blog goes to this:

It will be easier and more pleasant for her to submit to you as a friend than for her to submit to you as a harsh master!

So men?! Befriend your wives! As you would a dog! That way, when the hammer must come down, well, your wife/dog will still like you!

Oddly, much of the blog talks about a man taking responsibility — no argument there — and not saying “I told you so” (always good advice), but the anchor in the blog is this verse:

Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. Eph 5:22

For a more full and thoughtful discussion of that verse, I like this, at Cosmic Cathedral, and this, at Silent Voices: The Feminist Bible.

And yes: As  far as the Baby Jesus Is Crying Scale? This gets a tear.indexAnd thanks, DickG., for the link.

Put a woman on a $20

Pro-Voting Female DemonstratorsA group in New York, Women On 20s, wants to change the face of the $20 bill by putting a woman on it.

That’s right. A woman. Presently adorning the bill is the face of slave-owning Andrew Jackson. whom some Americans like to call “Indian-Killer,” for his vigorous efforts at “Indian removal,” starting with the Creeks and working his way through the Cherokees, the Seminoles, and others.

(Of course, we need to properly attribute “slave-owning” to 12 of our U.S. Presidents.

Here is a list of candidates for the the new, improved $20. Please vote. This is the first round. You can vote for three.

And you can read more (and listen to more!) here. And thanks, Jac, for the link.

In which I love my life and you should, too

girl_running-245x300Remind me the next time I start whining (and I will whine eventually) about what an awesome day was March 26, 2015 — not because of any earth-shattering moment, but because of a zillion little ones. Yesterday, I

* Gave an early-morning talk about Isabella Beecher Hooker to a women’s breakfast hosted by a white-shoe law firm in downtown Hartford. Not everyone there was a lawyer, but I knew about half of the women in the room.

* Rushed over to Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, a huge funder for anti-homeless efforts in Connecticut, and recorded a tearful few minutes recounting a moment in my life when I felt entirely protected and loved because of the kindness of both friends and strangers. It was a little embarrassing, crying like that while trying to tell a story, but remembering that time just made me happy. I kind of hope they don’t use it, but there you are.

* Went to University of Hartford to speak with some students about — what else? — Isabella, and to field some really smart questions, and then

* Toddled over to Harriet Beecher Stowe Center to facilitate a discussion about feminism that included Carolyn Treiss, the executive director of the state’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, and Kyle Turner, a University of Hartford cinema student.

Now, that’s a long day with a lot of stops, so I didn’t intend to get so engaged during the early evening discussion, which included a healthy contingent of UHa students who partly came to cheer on Kyle, who is a 21-year old with an old, old soul, and partly to add greatly to the discussion. Below are some of the action items (in Tweets) that we came up with:

  • Use social media to hold our legislators accountable
  • Make sure the mic is plugged in when women speak
  • Grow fangs and a hairy back.speak up and speak out

I don’t know. Not every day is like that — so busy and rushed — but it was great fun. I met some incredible people. I learned stuff. And I had a chili dog.

What are you going to do with a priest who’s also an oceanographer?

Katharine Jefferts Schori 1_2Listen to her.

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, who was an oceanographer before she was ordained at age 40, condemned climate denying as blind and immoral in an interview with The Guardian. She also said:

“I really hope to motivate average Episcopalians to see the severity of this issue, the morality of this issue,” she said. “Turning the ship in another direction requires the consolidated efforts of many people who are moving in the same direction.”

And thanks, DickG., for the link.

A Texas bill would keep doctors from asking about guns

indexState Rep. Stuart Spitzer has introduced a bill that would

prohibit doctors from asking patients whether they own a firearm and makes the Texas Medical Board, which licenses physicians, responsible for doling out punishment.

You can read more here. And thanks, Leftover, for the link.

What a difference a day makes, Hartford zoning version

ISdor5mnpvhudp0000000000So I wrote this for Connecticut Magazine, about a group of 11 Harford residents (eight adults and three children) who banded together to form an intentional community in a mansion (pictured) in one of Hartford’s chi-chi neighborhoods.

Many of the neighbors don’t want them there, and so the board of zoning stepped in. The group has been trying to work with neighbors, but then the city of Hartford announced it was suing the residents.

And then the group announced yesterday afternoon that they were suing in federal district court to protect their constitutional rights.

This is sad on so many levels, starting with:

  • These folks are precisely the kind of people a town like Hartford could use — active, engaged, and in love with the city.
  • The zoning laws that are at issue are outdated and a little horrifying.
  • Hartford? You are better than this.

On the happy side, I predict this is going to be the start of a really interesting conversation about family, and what makes a. Here in Connecticut, we like to say that love makes a family, from a wonderful non-profit that pushed our state toward marriage equality. It would be great if we started acting like we believe that.