I was asked to write an article (Q&A) on LGBT youth homelessness for a Catholic website… Interview: LGBT Youth and Homelessness
I wrote the article “Pastoral Care of the Queer Person: Questions for the Synod” and received the comment “This whole thing is painfully vague.” I was a bit tired of the negative comments I was receiving from those who obviously hadn’t read what I wrote and so I responded in somewhat of a snarky manner, but it turned into a good discussion about the subject. I felt like it’s worth posting because it’s relevant to the overall discussion…
Here is a link to the Rolling Stones article… “The Forsaken: A Rising Number of Homeless Gay Teens Are Being Cast Out by Religious Families”
This article hit a nerve for me… I will explain why. Continue reading
I heard a Franciscan speak about his experience with social ministries and social justice and he ‘spoke my language’ so I asked if he could find time to chat with me… so I could pick his brain a bit because he clearly has a history of organizing within the Church. When he heard about my experience in social work, social justice, community organizing, and advocacy on homelessness, he said he wanted to pick my brain about a program for his parish.
This is what I wrote him after our afternoon together… somewhat of a stream of consciousness and piecing together a puzzle. I was reflecting back what I was hearing from him and things that came up in our discussion. I was presenting questions and ideas for him to consider, but it’s relevant to any parish community.
I was invited to write an article over on Patheos for the ‘Public Square 2014 Summer Series: Conversations on Religious Trends’.