Blog Links Update

After reading about Pam and Jay‘s updates of web links on their blogs, I felt compelled to do update my own. I decided to list all the sites I monitor daily. (Thank the Internet gods for RSS feeds!)

They are NOT in order of importance, and I did not create headings and categories to help organize them. Mostly because I was too lazy and worried that I would mess something up with the html code, but also because I don’t necessarily see these sites as “gay,” “ex-gay,” “Quaker,” “gay Christian,” etc. It’s fine if someone does, but I think in a more holistic way.

When considering joining a Quaker web ring and then when discussing a particular post that a Friend thought I had wanted placed on a Quaker aggregate site, I discovered that some do not consider my blog a “Quaker site”. They define Quaker sites as ones written by Quakers addressing Quakerism exclusively. And judging by that definition, my site is NOT Quaker. I am a Quaker writing about faith, gay stuff, gender, the environment, family, the ex-gay movement, war, travels, friends, Friends, my gadgets, oh and Quakerism.

I cannot section myself off to JUST write about Quakerism. In fact, that runs counter to my understanding of Quakerism as a holistic faith experience. I am not sometimes gay, sometimes Christian, sometimes Quaker, sometimes whatever. I am always Quaker. Everything I write is informed and influenced by my faith as well as my sexuality. Other factors come into play, but for me, being a Christ-centered Quaker affects most of what I do on my blog and how I do it.

Some label me as an ex-ex-gay or a “gay Christian”. (and I sometimes label myself that way too) Yes, that is part of who I am, and yes, I write loads about that stuff, but too many people may decide to listen to me or not based on how they feel their identity is harmonious or in conflict with my own.

So the links I listed–>some are trans folks, Christians, pagans, ex-gays, ex-ex-gays, heterosexuals, etc. I suggest you pick one that you don’t know, then have a listen to the person and not the identity. Truth is truth no matter who says it.

Oh, and if a link is bad or wrong, let me know. I will add more (I know I left some off) but I am html’ed out.

This post has 4 Comments

  1. Peterson Toscano on November 20, 2006 at 2:45 pm

    On a previous post, Alex asked the story behind the recent stained glass images that I have been posting with some entries.

    They were taken at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Palm Springs, where I performed a week ago.

    We had a tech rehearsal around noon, and as we waited for the organist to finish up, I became transfixed looking at these windows with the strong desert sun streaming through.

    They each tell a story, and seeing them, I better understand the power of stained glass hundreds of years ago as a means of communicating stories in the Bible to those who could not read.

    Alex, glad you like them.

  2. grace on November 20, 2006 at 4:50 pm

    Thanks friend! You are very dear to me!
    love and grace,

  3. alex resare on November 20, 2006 at 5:03 pm

    Transfixed? I won’t even check my dictionary, it has to mean that you stood there and realized you are obsessed with transpeople and just have to meet your trans friends more often. No, now I have to objectifying myself, others do that just enough.

    I was in Notre Dame in Paris this summer and would like to spend a week or two to study its windows. I had the same fascination by how they tell stories. Not only for generations after generations of people who could not read but even for me, a stranger in a new country who could walk in and know what the building said and that I was at home.

    Thanks for the link!

  4. Jay on November 21, 2006 at 4:37 pm

    Thanks for the link, Peterson! I like your no categories approach. I should’ve done that. It would’ve saved me some time and frustration with the HTML codes at least ūüėČ

    Have a great Thanksgiving,

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