Apr 18, 2014

NYC ARTIST DOUG BLANCHARD: ¨Doug Blanchard's haunting contemporary paintings of the Passion of Christ are an emotional reminder of the courage it takes to resist the powers that be...

¨Artist Doug Blanchard's series of 24 paintings depicting Jesus as a contemporary gay man in a modern city add a realistic backdrop to the emotional drama of the story. His work reimagines the dramatic events of Palm Sunday, the Last Supper, and Jesus' arrest, trial, crucifixion, and resurrection.

A book to be released later this year, The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision, includes Blanchard's paintings and text by Kittredge Cherry. The complete set of paintings will be exhibited as they are released daily to celebrate Holy Week on the blogJesusInLove.blogspot.com. You can also learn more about the author and the painter there, as well as find information on purchasing prints and other products.
Below and on the following pages are a selection of Blanchard's retelling of the Easter story.
Thanks to the Advocate, sidebar
Thanks to Christopher Harrity
Thanks to Doug Blanchard, sidebar

Apr 13, 2014

PRAYERS ASCENDING: Three people were shot and killed after a gunman opened-fire at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom

El Maleh Rachamim is the actual Jewish prayer for the dead, although less well known than the Mourner's Kaddish.

God, filled with mercy, dwelling in the heavens' heights, bring proper rest beneath the wings of your Shechinah, amid the ranks of the holy and the pure, illuminating like the brilliance of the skies the souls of our beloved and our blameless who went to their eternal place of rest. May You who are the source of mercy shelter them beneath Your wings eternally, and bind their souls among the living, that they may rest in peace. And let us say: Amen.

Apr 10, 2014

ATTENTION JUSTIN WELBY, ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY: Being loathed and made into an outcast is NOT addictive!

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, just gave another one of his shallow/beige speeches. This one in  Oklahoma City. I watched the ¨live streaming¨ from here in Central America...he thinks violence is addictive...cute, apparently he hasn't been on the receiving end enough (unless he is a masochist and likes that sort of thing).

Being loathed  and made to be an outcast is NOT addictive. Being misled, at church/beyond is not addictive. Being LGBTI Anglican/Episcopalian ignored, like a pest or insect not yet dead, is not addictive. HOWEVER, being the authentic person that God created one to be IS addictive. Addictive in the way that God wants me, and I think people like me, to be.  Honest. true and front-and-forward and building in/on life.

Being RESPONSIBLE, personally responsible, includes being real, telling the truth and not indulging in a glib world of PRETENDING *things* are different than they are (and apparently NOT worth mentioning during the current anti-gay, legal social purge/massacres in Africa/beyond). 

The ABC is silly, casual and shallow regarding VIOLENCE.  Especially careless when not mentioning those who daily generate hate with NEWLY legalized, African Anglican Church endorsed, pogroms against LGBTI Anglicans in Africa. Those in African/beyond taking pot/gun shots, exploitating, slandering, demeaning, violating=violence/marginalizing others are clearly addicted  to hate...for those religiouslike grandstanders now have nowhere to hide from their very own fear/hate that they initiate at Church. This spiritualy ILL behavior toward our fellows must be addressed..Justin Welby, are you there?   

The LET'S BLAME and slander the gay game is UP! You know what you do...and it is YOU  who refuses to address the reality of  anti-LGBTI violence, OF TODAY, at The Anglican Communion...codependency is lethal at church or anywhere else (for everyone, eventually).

Justin Welby, ABC, may have stood next to piles of rape/other vicitms with his wife as  he reported today. BUT I believe he needs to spend the rest of his term as ABC visiting hospitals, attack sites, hate-crime-victim-graves, helpcenters, answer suicide hotlines, raise funds for the Trever Project.  ++Justin can live with the rehab programs of LGBTI Christians/others and/or simply OPEN a LGBTI counseling/center/office/half-way house  (you can intern with Bishop Christopher Ssenyonjo), in downtown Kampala, Uganda. 

++Justin, please STAY in Nigeria and Uganda until you fully understand the depth of the grave atrocities being committed against ALL of humanity and at the ANGLICAN COMMUNION!!  You, ++Justin, speak withouth knowing the REAL, and lifetimes worth/History of Horrors http://frjakestopstheworld.blogspot.com/2005/10/history-of-horrors.html  and depth of injury that violence has caused against LGBTI Anglicans.  You ought learn much much more before speaking out against violence and addictive hating. You are part of the problem, speak up like a man instead of one of the Global South  big shot criminals you encourage at Church.

You, Justin Welby, are dangerous to the physical well-being and general spiritual/emotional wellness of Gay people, our families, our best friends and everyday work associates.  You make OUR lives more difficult and dangerous with your lofty and empty pontificating about reconciliation.  I believe you to be a pretentious religiouslike overly insulated coward, prove me wrong (or resign).

Leonardo Ricardo
Leonard Clark Beardsley
Sacatepequez, Guatemala

Thanks to the Episcopal Church diocese of Oklahoma, live streaming
Thanks to Stop the World, archive
Thanks to Father Jake, History of Horrors

Apr 5, 2014

RESIGN! LAMENTABLE NAIVETE, HOMOPHOBIA and COLONIAL THINKING - ¨Archbishop of Canterbury chooses pathetic over prophetic¨

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury
¨Archbishop of Canterbury chooses pathetic over prophetic¨
The Rt. Reverend  Marc Andrus, the Episcopal bishop of California 
A word on the Archbishop of Canterbury's statements
¨ The Archbishop of Canterbury has made public statements that reveal at best a lamentable naiveté and at worst both homophobia and colonial thinking. Archbishop Justin Welby has claimed that the Church of England, if it marries gay and lesbian people there is responsible for the deaths of homosexuals in Africa.
The archbishop was shown the mass grave of Christians from a village in Africa, killed, he was told because their neighbors did not want to become gay by association with people whose religion supported rights for LGBT people. It is clear that the archbishop was shocked by the brutality behind this mass murder, and the very scale of the killing. I too am overwhelmed by it. In the face of tragedies larger than a human can take in, I think we often go to answers and solutions that we know, that are familiar. Here, I think the archbishop fell back on a solution that was already unjust, but familiar to him: retrench around marriage as only between a woman and a man. Don’t inflame violent people further.
Welby’s argument is parallel to saying that the segregation laws in the United States that obtained until the mid-60s and the disenfranchisement of women in the United States until the 20th Century should have both been continued if someone claimed that blacks and women in other countries would be endangered by moves towards greater justice here.
In a very simple world, with very few variables perhaps we could credit Archbishop Welby’s reasoning. If the only factor in the safety of African LGBT people was the maintenance of unjust laws in England and the United States, I hope we would all pause to absorb this and see what could be done about it. But our world is an exceedingly complex place and this simplistic logic of the Archbishop’s only privileges the colonial power position Great Britain once held with respect to her now-vanished empire – the Africans pay close attention to everything the center of the empire thinks and does.
Instead, Africa is a continent of countries, each with its own history apart from and intertwined with former European empire masters. Surely there are at least as many factors at work within Africa itself influencing the safety of LGBT people (and Christians in general, as Welby argues) that counterbalance whatever focus Africans may have on England.
The Archbishop could be helpfully involved in Africa on behalf of the safety of vulnerable LGBT people if he wished to be, in ways that did not continue the oppression of LGBT people in the United Kingdom. He could support the ministry of the retired bishop, Christopher Senyonjo in Uganda, a courageous and nearly lone voice in the religious leadership of that country. Archbishop Welby could speak clearly to the Churches in Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria among others about their open support of legislation that criminalizes even the very being of LGBT people.
If I am right and empire thinking underlies the archbishop’s remarks, his proposed way forward – continue to oppress LGBT people in the UK – will fail to keep African’s safe for this reason: if Africa is watching the UK as closely as the Archbishop would have us all believe then they will not miss that the spiritual head of the Anglican Communion is on the side of continued second-class citizenship for LGBT people.
Twice in the hour-long phone-in program in which the archbishop made his remarks, Archbishop Welby used the modifier, incredibly to describe how the Church must attend to the witness of the LGBT community – listen incredibly carefully and be incredibly conscious. To remember a great line from The Princess Bride, I’m not sure the archbishop knows what incredible attentiveness means.
We should remember that the archbishop has made his views on same-gender marriage clear. In an address to the House of Lords he reiterated, as he did in the radio interview most recently that marriage is a sacred institution reserved for heterosexuals. In fact, in this most recent interview the Guardian wrote that the archbishop did not want LGBT people to be treated with any greater severity than adulterous heterosexuals are treated. The core idea here if anyone cares to look closely is that same-gender relationships are sinful.
Today, local media in the diocese I serve showed one of my priests, a partnered, gay man being led away by law enforcement officers for an act of civil disobedience on behalf of immigrants in danger of deportation. Such acts on the side of justice are, I’m happy to say, commonplace in this diocese, done all the time by gay and straight folks. Faithful, rather than sinful seems a better word to describe this priest and the many like him here.
Archbishop Welby asserts that marriage should be only between a man and a woman, and says that scripture supports his position. I would hope for a better reader of scripture in the spiritual head of our Church. Let me point to this coming Sunday’s Gospel, the Raising of Lazarus from the Dead, in the Gospel of John as a good place to look for guidance on the issue of the safety of Christians, both straight and LGBT in Africa and elsewhere.
Jesus is so deeply moved – by the death of his friend, by the oppression of his people, by the suffering of the world – that he risks everything to go to the cave where Lazarus is buried to raise him back to life. This courage and compassion should be my guide, and I suggest our guide as we identify with Christ, as Christians. There are other scripture passages that might point us to how to view the question of same-gender marriage; the Raising of Lazarus from the Dead gives us guidance on how we should act when we confront injustice, evil and sin.¨ 
Thanks to Thinking Anglicans, sidebar
Thanks to The Episcopal diocese of California
Thanks to The Rt. Reverend Marc Andrus
Thanks to The Huffington Post, sidebar
Thanks to Susan Russell, All Saints, Pasadena


¨When you encounter violence, you condemn it, Archbishop. When you encounter murder, you condemn it, Archbishop. When you encounter homophobia, you condemn it, Archbishop.

You don’t appease it, Justin Welby. You condemn it.¨



Mar 26, 2014

POSTURING, SNOOPING, OFFERING SAGE ADVICE: Selfsearching, observing and giving up codependency for Lent/beyond

¨Nobody knows where the nose goes¨  Charles Benjamin
THE MISCHIEF of it all. I really find people fascinating in many/most ways. Grown ups who act like children, especially if they take themselves very seriously, and snoop, then offer advice where it isn't needed or expected or WANTED

I sometimes find myself entering into the adventure of trying to figure out how people I encounter think! WHY they do what they do...you know, motives? Mostly I stay close to people who don't seem to have any big issues. I love the gladness of people who have unincumbered hearts and live spontaneously with open/adventureous energy. I love being around people who are direct, no nonsense and have no illusions about TRYING TO CHANGE me or anyone else. I love ¨village news¨ instead of telephones but trying to change other peoples behavior can be exhausting (after I discover they may be headed down the wrong road)... it ought be a no go, when I run into *things* that are way out of my league...other peoples challenges that annoy me. I realize I am speaking about codependency. 

I know that sometimes I indulge in trying to SAVE people by simply trying to get them out of the way of oncoming traffic...it's good to be helpful but it is not helpful when I get out of my experience and frame of reference and perceive things to be different than they really are for the sake of appearing wise, savvy/good!  Extra points for savvy!

Leaping into the madness of being all-knowing or Mr/Ms Know It All is very unappealing, shallow and sometimes embarrassing. I have been known to enjoy hearing the sound of my own voice (better even, sometimes, when it ought not be heard at all). Go figure?  Grandstanding?

Being informed/informative is fun, sharing REAL experience, professional and otherwise, can be valueable (to me too), genuinely attempting to help others is admirable, knowing when to butt out is better yet. Remaining quiet in the face of rigorous stupidy (coming from smart or not-so-smart people) is hard for me. 

I am sometimes reminded that people can stick their noses where they don't belong, to speak of things which they have no experience or knowledge. I know I have done it too and I find it vaguely amusing but irritating when a well-meaning ¨do gooder¨ is way out of their element, their league and intrudes into conversations where they don't belong! 

Like me, I suppose they don't always know how to get out of their own way and shut up, shut the hell up. Being human is a very ongoing thing...keeping rightsized is the challenge,  I love being alive!

Leonardo Ricardo/Len
Leonard Clark Beardsley
Sacatepequez, Guatemala
Central America.

Mar 20, 2014

¨GODS WORD¨ ACCORDING TO JANET MUSEVENI - REVEALED TO THE ANGLICAN BISHOPS OF UGANDA: The Gay Devil Curse, Heterosexual Cows, Losing Ones Soul and Listen to God and Obeying Him! Thus sayeth the word according to the Janeth!

Her Viciousness, First Lady and MP Janet Museveni, Uganda
announcing/dictating Gods Word and Mother Natures too!
Uganda’s First Lady: ‘If cows aren’t gay, how can humans be gay?’

Janet Museveni was congratulating bishops on their recent work campaigning against homosexuality in Uganda
Uganda’s First Lady has said if cows can’t be gay, then humans can definitely not be gay.
The bizarre statement was uttered during a speech Janet Museveni made while congratulating the Church of Uganda’s bishops* for their recent work.
Uganda recently made law the Anti-Homosexuality Act, punishing gay sex with up to life in prison.
Museveni, who is also the minister for affairs in the region of Karamoja, said because of the bishops Uganda has ‘progressed’.
‘We must listen to God and obey him,’ she said. ‘Thank you God for leading us.’ there is more, don't miss it: 
And sorry to break it to you Mrs Museveni, but homosexual behavior has been observed in nearly every mammal – including cows.
* Anglican Communion
Thanks to Gay Star News
Thanks to Joe Morgan
Gods Messenger?  Madame Museveni, MP, First Lady/Uganda and wishful thinking Presidential candidate
¨According to a newly released US diplomatic cable, the wife of the President of Uganda, Janet Musceveni, "is ultimately behind" the Anti-Homosexuality (AHB, 'Kill gays') Bill.

The cable is amongst those newly released unredacted by Wikileaks. It is signed by the US Ambassador to Uganda, Jerry Lanier
Malicious Janet Museveni, Member of Parliament and First Lady of Uganda

"In God's word, homosexuality attracts a curse, but now people are engaging in it and saying they are created that way. It is for money The devil is stoking fires to destroy our nation and those taking advantage are doing so because our people are poor," she said. Mrs. Museveni advised the youth not only to listen to messages on how they can make money but also focus on spiritual growth. "You know that you will lose everything else when you lose your soul.¨ Mrs. Janet Museveni, First Lady of Uganda HERE
·  Thanks to Paul Canning
·  Thanks to LGBT Asylum News, sidebar
·  Thanks to New Vision, Uganda
·  Thanks to Wikileaks

Mar 18, 2014

THE REV. CANON MARK HARRIS: ¨On Fear and Stupidity in Anglican land¨ and/or ¨Keep the doors of welcome open and the powder dry¨

On Fear and Stupidity in Anglican land.

The past weeks in Anglican - Episcopal Land have been a shambles, not the least because there is massive amounts of fear and stupidity abounding -  and that's my opinion as expressed in my nicer moments.

Fortunately few people seem to care what I think.

Here it some of the mess:

Nashotah House, a Seminary of great historical and current value, issued an invitation to the Presiding Bishop to come to the House. Nashotah House draws its students from a range of churches most of which are self described as Anglican churches. Only a fraction of the students are from The Episcopal Church now, but historically the House was distinctly Episcopalian. 

I had always wanted to visit Nashotah House, and finally did so some years ago. I found the House to be a lively center of theological education and loved the liturgical practice of the place. At one time I considered going there for my theological training, but that was then and this is now.

The craziness of these days has caught up with the place. The invitation to the Presiding Bishop was widely criticized by some on the righteous right as pandering to heresy and therefore sinful.The PB has accepted the invitation to Nashotah House.  

Apparently deposed but not forgotten Bishop Iker believes Bishop Jefferts Shori is such poison that her very presence at Nashotah House puts its purity in jeopardy. This says less about his opinion of the PB and more about his opinion of the House. He seems more afraid than protective. At any rate, he put himself on the line and resigned from the Nashotah House board. So there...¨ there is much more, please read it all

Thanks to The Reverend Canon Mark Harris
Thanks to Preludium, sidebar


Mar 15, 2014

A LENTEN TEST? Friday, yesterday, The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby installs ACNA Rector Tory Baucum as a preacher at Canterbury Cathedral

Friday, yesterday, The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby installs ACNA Rector Tory Baucum as a Six Preacher at Canterbury Cathedral as ACNA Archbishop (left) grins.

A whining thief, a doubletalking deadbeat and a shifty coward at Canterbury Cathedral celebrate their PLACE TO STAND (against/without LGBTI people at the Church of England and Anglican Communion).

Meanwhile. the first ARRESTS are being made of GAY PEOPLE (just for being Gay) in Uganda and one new murder of a Gay person has been reported.  Unfortunately the Archbishop of Canterbury seems to be pandering to the GAFCON/GLOBAL SOUTH preachers and fundamentalist supporters at the Anglican Communion! 


Sadly the Archbishop of Canterbury has endorsed vile, and even deadly, behavior toward LGBTI Anglicans at the Anglican Communion by supporting Duncan and Baucum.

Unfit, all.  Dangerous for all at the worldwide Anglican Communion as Justin Welby, ABC, promotes those who endorse inhumanity, jail and bloody murder against LGBTI Anglicans in Uganda and beyond at GAFCON, the U.S.A. fundmentalist influence  ($$$), sponsor of the Global South schismatics.
GAFCON and THE GLOBAL SOUTH - anti-LGBTI bigots at Church
Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, you HARM LGBTI Christians/others at The Church of England and throughout the Anglican Communion.

Mar 14, 2014

UPDATE - ARRESTS OF GAY PEOPLE MADE IN UGANDA* - ARCHBISHOP STANLEY NTAGALI - ANGLICAN CHURCH OF UGANDA CONTINUES TO HAVE BLOOD DRIPPING FROM WORD and HANDS: February/Kampala a gay couple was attacked and one of them killed while the other is in critical condition in hospital


ATTN: Anglican Archbishop Stanley Ntagali, Stop the promoting of ignorance, fear and hate at The Anglican Church of Uganda*
Call to action
In coming days many LGBTI persons will be assaulted, arrested and detained. As of yesterday, 25thFebruary; a gay couple was attacked and one of them killed while the other is in critical condition in hospital. Many have been thrown out of their houses by landlords and yet others will continue to lose their jobs. In the midst of all this we request the general public to desist from radical and irrational acts of violence towards suspected LGBTI persons. We demand that security agencies including the police and prisons endeavor to investigate any cases of violence perpetrated against LGBT persons and refrain from making arrests based on meagre hearsay and or suspicion. Uganda during the Universal Periodic Review in 2012 in Geneva committed to:
  • ? Investigate and prosecute intimidation and attacks on LGBTI community members and activists.
  • ? Investigate thoroughly and sanction accordingly violence against LGBTI persons including gay rights activist.
  • ? Take immediate and concrete steps to stop discrimination and assault against LGBTI persons. Media organizations should also refrain from sensational reporting which is fuelling hatred and attacks on persons suspected to be homosexuals.
We demand that donors channel funds to Civil Society Organizations carrying out, Social, Economic and human rights work rather than to a corrupt institution that has no remorse in not protecting its citizens. It is very unfortunate that we have to make such a call but Uganda should be isolated to prevent this passing of laws with impunity from spreading across the continent. This is very crucial to protect other countries in Africa. Finally we urge the international community to continue supporting the LBTI community, morally, financial and technically in response to security treats and human rights violations. To contribute to FARUG security fund please donate through our PayPal on our website: http://www.faruganda.org/paypal.html .
For more information contact:
Kasha Jacqueline: 0772463161
Jay Abang: 0782628611
For more on the medical report:
Museveni’s speech at signing of Bill

President Museveni of Uganda stupidly defends anti-LGBTI Law and then signs it!
*ARCHBISHOP STANLEY/GAFCON/hatemongers at church:



Ugandan David Kato, Anglican Martyr and Gay Activist, Rest in Peace
(murdered near Kampala, at his home,  in 2011, a few days after a Uganda based  tabloid pictured him as a ¨homo¨on its front page)