This may be the wrong forum. If it is, I hope the moderators will move it. I guess it could work in the Spirituality forum. My main concern with the topic, in this particular case, is the example of what can happen with “private interpretation” of Scripture, not to mention having a free-for-all for constructing theology:
The Rev. Jim Mitulski says no week tells the story of his life as a gay man quite like Easter.
The story begins with Palm Sunday, Jesus’ jaunty entry into Jerusalem, where people placed their cloaks and tree branches on his path to welcome him. **For Mitulski, it feels like a gay pride parade **- a public and political celebration beyond government control.
Holy Week then evokes a broader and deeper arc of gay life, Mitulski says, from violations of Jesus’ due process and a Last Supper with outcasts like him, to betrayals by those closest to him, his crucifixion and then resurrection - a new life after coming out from his tomb.
Predominantly gay churches, which have flourished in the Bay Area for decades, embrace a unique theology that shows parishioners how the Bible reflects many of the struggles they face every day. On no day is that more true than today, Easter, the faith’s most sacred day of the year.
Easter “evokes from us the experience of resurrection in our own bodies and in our own spirits,” said Mitulski, the pastor at New Spirit Community Church in Berkeley. “It’s not just a retelling. It’s an embodiment.”
…In Second Corinthians, the apostle Paul says he prayed three times for a thorn to be removed from his flesh. God doesn’t remove “the thorn” but says his grace is sufficient, which some interpret as God telling Paul to accept his body for what it is.
The Rev. Odette Lockwood-Stewart, 57, said gay theology forced her, a straight married woman, to broaden the definition of family and commitment to loved ones.
**“Queer theology challenges categories **and causes us to go deeper into stories, images and questions of faith and, in a sense, liberates us as well,” she said.
**This Easter morning, New Spirit congregants will mark Jesus’ resurrection. Some see it as a coming-out story. Jesus comes out of the tomb. **