Mary A. Tolbert
"Entreat me not to leave you or to return from following you; wherever you go I will go, and wherever you lodge I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God; where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if even death parts me from you."(Ruth 1:16-17)
Fifth Anniversary Celebration of Jeanne Barnett & Ellie Charlton's Holy Union, St. Mark's United Methodist Church, Sacramento, CA
The following sermon was given by Mary Tolbert ...
First Congregational Church of Berkeley; Scripture: 1 Cor 15: 35-58
Yesterday, I cut my grass for the third time this year. Three grass-cuttings inevitably means that Easter must be near.
Thank you so much for inviting me to speak today on the topic of "Homoeroticism in the Biblical World: Biblical Texts in Historical Contexts." Today we're going to look at a topic of intense current controversy, the Bible and homosexuality, but we are going to look at it from a rather different perspective, that of the cultural construction of gender and sexual relations in ancient Mediterranean antiquity.
Lancaster School of Theology
In her famous 1988 essay title, Gayatri Spivak asks, "Can the Subaltern Speak?"1 to raise the question of whether or not the Indian masses who lived under the subjection of colonizing powers and as objects within elite discourses shaped and dominated by the violence of imperialism, could ever truly speak in their own voice. She decides they could not because their representation was always crafted, not by themselves, but by the voices of the colonial elite in whose world they existed primarily as abstractions.
Originally published in Clergy Sexual Misconduct: Perspectives [PDF]
Largely absent from the on-going debate in the media over clergy sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church has been the ...
National Coming Out Day; Scripture: Micah 3:4-11, 4:6-7; Mark 11:15-18
"And he said to them, 'Is it not written, My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations? But you have made it a den of robbers.'" All four of the canonical Gospels contain this powerful story of Jesus' rage at a religion that perverts what should be sacred and open to all people into an exclusive, economically driven business.