Back from your holidays? Our U.S. readers are returning from the Thanksgiving holiday, a celebration of national origins and family which centers around a turkey dinner, and people from around the world are heading into the busy winter holiday season. The festivals of light and warmth are coming … and GaySpirituality.com will be bringing you fresh perspectives on bringing your spiritual nature into action in an illumined world.
A helpful tool for drawing the connections between life and love, spirit and soul, is the Bridge of Light day of celebration on January 1, 2014. According to its early founding notes, the holiday was founded for this purpose:
Although the Bridge of Light idea was the fruit of the GSCS, a gathering of over 100 spiritual leaders and luminaries in the international gay and bisexual men’s community, now the event belongs to anyone. All are invited to celebrate a tradition to affirm the full equality of all persons, setting visions for the year ahead, and symbolize their shared hope, unity, and spiritual heritages and principles.
The Bridge of Light tradition is part of the 4th annual World Spirituality Day, an event sponsored by Integrative Spirituality, a not-for-profit omni-denominational spiritual organization based in San Francisco, CA. World Spirituality Day is regarded as “The Earth Day for the Spirit.” Just as Earth Day is celebrated worldwide now, in many different ways, World Spirituality Day allows for a kaleidoscope of worldwide gatherings and events, big and small, year after year. Bridge of Light is one such type of event, celebrated by members of the LGBT community.
Over the next month, this blog will be taking a look at the six core principles of Bridge of Light: creativity, freedom, integrity, self-reliance, harmony, love.
The folks at GetReligion are up to it again, persistently criticizing news media for treating gay rights like other civil rights. Their latest target is former Archbishop Desmond Tutu as I point out in this item at World Spirituality Post:
In George Conger’s “The moral (and news) authority of Desmond Tutu”, GetReligion exercises what moral and journalistic authority it has today to announce that Desmond Tutu’s better days have past and he is a “historical figure” important for his work decades ago and a mere “celebrity”. This is there way of speaking in “journalistic code” that they resent the fact that newsrooms treat the American civil rights fight, the anti-apartheid fight, and the gay rights fight as comparable, when they would much rather see a firm line separating the racial struggles with the gays’ rights.
Read the whole article.
A new post about Pope Francis’s remark on gay marriage from World Spirituality Post:
Pope Francis’s unscripted comments about gay people (or perhaps just gay priests) – “Who am I to judge them if they’re seeking the Lord in good faith?” is what it is. As a bisexual man and person of Catholic religious orientation, I enjoy the well-deserved attention it is receiving in the media.
Read the whole post.
A new item on gay marriage poll results from World Spirituality Post:
In posts today on The Daily Dish, Andrew Sullivan looks at Gallup poll results showingmarriage equality gaining ground and reader feedback suggesting that the results may be unexpectedly worrisome for opponents of marriage equality. Andrew writes:
[The USA's Republican Party's] core, white evangelical base is fanatically opposed to all things gay – let alone marriage equality – because their religious literalism and fundamentalism prevent them from exercising any political pragmatism.
According to the Gallup survey, the opinion of the American population has basically reversed in the decade since I first started blogging. Back then, for every 55 out of 100 people saying gay marriage should be invalid you had 42 people saying gay marriage should be valid. Today 54 out of 100 people say gay marriage should be valid and only 43 say it should be invalid.
Read the full post.
Men enjoy the thrill of the chase, no doubt about it. Maybe it’s been a while since you’ve been blasting your shotgun at game in the forest. But perhaps you’ve been stalking a different kind of prey, the man of your dreams or the new friend or a business partner. Look inside and discover if it’s time for a change.
Why not turn your sights at a higher, more exalted thrill? The Universe is not an impersonal blob of matter but a You to your I. If you’ve been finding God absent or stand-offish lately, try to chase the Exalted Self beyond that which you ordinarily take yourself to be. Make communion with the Lord of the Universe your Holy Grail.
Do not let fear in the form of resistance to change be a chain around your ankles. With God, there are ways forward that do not rely on your solo act but on a boyfriend, partner, or community. Perhaps it is time you looked beyond independence to interdependence.
Photo Credit: GetUp!
I spent much of today re-creating the GaySpirituality.com website (don’t look, it’s still a total mess). So much enthusiasm builds up in me for the future of the international Gay Community when I do this kind of work, which in recent years hasn’t been nearly as often as would have been best.
Why? Because the LGBTQ rights revolution which is sweeping Europe and North America is in the midst of molding the destiny of the entire world… and the time may be coming at last for Spirituality to shape The Movement in what has been a cause lacking in the fervor of spirit.
It makes sense when you think about it. Asia, Africa, Latin America, Oceania, the Middle East: with a few notable exceptions like China and Russia, the rest of the world is much more religious than the much more secularized Europe. The religionists in huge parts of the world are more conservative even than the religionists in the U.S., where I live.
All this means that religion is a huge part of the challenge facing gay and bi men and everyone else seeking to live authentically themselves and love who they choose. And religion is also a source of identity, strength, and hope for many people, gay and bi men definitely included.
Our role must not be to swerve around religion and hope that everybody in the world becomes an atheist overnight in order to justify The Cause. God forbid. The world has seen enough of atheist ideologies which promised liberation and only delivered another tyranny.
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Either you are reading this or you are not. If you are not, then a philosopher may wonder if this article is being read all. But let’s say that you are reading this article. In that case, I am addressing you. You are not merely a reader, but the subject. You are what this article is about. Because when you understand that you are indeed you, then you have implicitly recognized that there is someone else who is not you. You may know nothing else about the author of this article, but of this much you can be certain: difference exists.
Whether difference exists absolutely or is a by-product of an alienated, distorted, or false consciousness is a matter which has concerned thinkers for thousands of years. For the moment let us just agree that difference exists in some sense, a point which is clearly indisputable. Let us agree for argument’s sake that there are at least two perspectives from which to consider the question or whether difference exists: absolute and relative. The former perspective is that of an unconditioned, indistinct reality which is All-In-All, including all that exists in every world from every perspective. The latter perspective is relative, conditioned by finite human perspectives on reality. Furthermore, let us say that from an absolute perspective difference has no reality; but from relative perspectives, differences are real.
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