“Taking what has been used as a sword, and turning it into a ploughshare”
A special episode. Because this postal survey on marriage equality is taking a toll on so many. This is Emmy Kegler’s talk and Q&A from the Jesus 12 24 online conference hosted earlier in the year. If I sound weird its because I’d been awake for about 23 hours. See more about the conference (both last year and this year’s upcoming sequel) at Jesus1224.com
Too many members of the LGBTQ+ community know Scripture best as a weapon used against us. How do those of us who still find Jesus compelling reconcile ourselves with the book that tells his story, when that same book has been used to condemn us? When we have been wounded by the words of the Bible, can we still find healing in the Word of God?
Emmy R. Kegler is the pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Northeast Minneapolis. She was raised in the Episcopal Church and spent some time in evangelical and non-denominational traditions before finding her home in the ELCA. Her congregation is full of servant-hearted people working hard to tell the story of Jesus in a way that embodies love for God and for their neighbor. Emmy is also the founder and editor of Queer Grace, an encyclopedia of online resources around LGBTQ life and faith (www.queergrace.com). She lives in Saint Paul and enjoys biking, board games, books, beer, and babysitting her fiancée’s dogs.
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