Playing at Presbyterianism

Here Is Its Steeple

Carmen Fowler LaBerge of the Layman recently posted a reflection titled “Commentary on a Comment: ‘People are Going to Hell While You’re Playing at Presbyterianism.” She wrote it after attending the Covenant Network conference on marriage a few weeks ago and last week’s World Outreach Encounter of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Here is how she […]

Putting the T in Progressive Youth Ministry

H. Adam Ackley

Last week, when I laid out my hopes for the Progressive Youth Ministry conference I’m organizing with the JoPa Group, I mentioned that one of my goals is to directly address issues and topics that simply don’t get discussed at most (or any) other youth ministry conferences. High on this list is sexuality. The traditional […]

My First Pride Parade Experience

Pride Parade

For some reason or another, I have always had a schedule conflict for the Chicago Pride Parade. This year, as I was wrapping up my duties at church on Sunday morning, I noticed an email from my good friend Polly passing on an open invitation to walk in the parade with the Chicago Coalition of […]

Some Thoughts on the End of DOMA

Maundy Thursday Equality

As an American citizen, I’m very pleased about the Supreme Court’s ruling yesterday that a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. As I’ve noted many times on this blog, marriage equality is a civil rights issue and there is no civil basis for preventing American citizens from enjoying the legal benefits […]

An Open Letter to the Boy Scouts of America


Dear Boy Scouts of America: As an Eagle Scout and as a Christian pastor, I am thankful for yesterday’s vote for an (almost) open and inclusive scouting organization. I think it is a huge step in the right direction to allow openly gay boys to participate in this institution that was very formative for me […]