June 5, 2015 Comments Off on What Is Our Prophetic Voice?
Some of you may be unaware that St. Luke’s has an oral history book called LIVES AT ST. LUKE’S: An Oral History Book. In the book’s appendix, there is an interesting piece by former rector Rev. Ledlie Laughlin written in 1979:
“God in his providence has made us a neighborhood church in a neighborhood that includes the gay center of the East coast if not of the United States. We could try to ignore that part of our neighborhood. The Roman Catholic and Lutheran churches on Christopher Street are doing that. They are dying or nearly dead. Maybe we could survive, but we would be a moral and religious cripple. Besides, the challenge is an exciting one, and if we were to die in meeting it, our death might have some of the marks of the way of Christ.”
What are our new challenges today and what might our prophetic voices be? Where do we need to go so that we have the marks of the way of Christ?
The full article and many more delightful stories are in LIVES AT ST. LUKE’s, available for purchase for only $15.00 here:
– Nicole Hanley
June 1, 2015 Comments Off on Contemplating Pride Month at St. Luke’s
For the first time since the St. Luke’s Blog came into existence, it is being fired up for the month of June. As a parish, we have celebrated LGBT Pride Month in many ways over time, and this seems a good point to encourage St. Lukers to contribute written and verbal reflections on our customs and history.
We are hoping to have three posts a week–Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in the month. The pattern we are hoping for (but not rigidly clutching) will be:
Monday: A reflection engaging a piece of Scripture, perhaps.
Wednesday: A look around us now. What are we doing and how are we living together now? Some possible themes may be:
- Raising children in an LGBTQ-affirming church
- Aging as an out LGBTQ person
- Navigating same-sex relationships when one partner is a non-believer
Friday: A look back at historical people who have helped make St. Luke’s the LGBT-affirming place it is today.
Comments are open, and welcome!
Mary and Nicole