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From Kittredge Cherry / Jesus in Love
April 2019
Queer water carrier led disciples
to Upper Room for Last Supper
A queer man led the disciples to the Upper Room for the Last Supper with Jesus, according to LGBTQ-affirming Bible interpretations. Some progressive Bible scholars embrace the gender-variant water carrier as a transgender ancestor or “trans-cestor” because he was a man doing women’s work.  More info
"Prodigal Son and his husband receive a blessing" and other LGBTQ resources
“Prodigal Son and His Husband Receive a Blessing” by JR Leveroni of Evolved Art is a new painting that suggests LGBTQ-positive meanings in a well-known Bible story. Leveroni turns the welcome-home celebration into a same-sex wedding! Other LGBTQ-friendly resources on the Prodigal include books and articles. More info
Saints Perpetua and Felicity:
Friends to the end
Saints Perpetua and Felicity were brave North African woman friends who died for their faith in the 3rd century. They are often included in lists of LGBTQ saints because they show the power of love between two women. Perpetua's journal is the first known written document by a woman in Christian history.  More info
John Boswell: LGBTQ Christian historian
John Boswell (1947-1994) remains an unofficial saint to the many LGBTQ Christians who find life-giving value in his historical research. He was a Yale history professor who wrote about homosexuality in Christian history. He was born on March 20, 1947. His classics are "Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality" and "Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe."  More info 
Jesus heals a centurion's boyfriend
Jesus praised a gay soldier as a role model of faith and healed his male lover in the gospels, according to many Bible experts. Both Matthew 8:5-13 and Luke 7:1-10 tell how a centurion asked Jesus to heal the young man referred to in Greek as his "pais." The word commonly meant the younger man in a same-sex relationship. More info
Monthly cartoon: Lost or kicked out?
A rainbow sheep is rejected by the flock when Jesus tries to bring it home in the cartoon “Lost or Kicked Out?” by David Hayward, also known as nakedpastor. Jesus is stopped by the head sheep of a uniformly white flock who bleets: “He wasn’t lost. We kicked him out!” It illustrates how churches reject Christ when they exclude LGBTQ people. More info
New in April: LGBTQ Christian books
Two new books are added this month to Q Spirit's summaries of 2019 LGBTQ Christian books:

One Coin Found: How God's Love Stretches to the Margins” by Emmy Kegler. (Fortress Press)

Unashamed: A Coming-Out Guide for LGBTQ Christians” by Amber Cantorna. (Westminster John Knox Press)
Celebrate Transgender Day of Visibility
Transgender Day of Visibility (March 31) is celebrated at Q Spirit with transgender Christian art, books and other resources. They include “Trans Indian Jesus” by an artist from India and bestselling books such as “Transfaith,” “Transforming” and “Transfigured.” More info
Adrienne Rich: lesbian poet of spirit
Adrienne Rich was a lesbian feminist and one of the most influential poets of the 20th She praised “women and men who have refused the straightjackets of gender” and wrote, "I have to cast my lot with those who age after age, perversely, with no extraordinary power, reconstitute the world." More info  
Gay Passion of Christ blog series
starts April 14 on Palm Sunday
Jesus appears as a gay man of today in a modern city with a blog series starting Palm Sunday (April 14). Posts will run daily through Holy Week and Easter at Qspirit.net. Reflections are based on "The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision" with art by Doug Blanchard and text by Kittredge Cherry.
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