by Jim Hodgson
Geneva – I confess there were moments in the first day-and-a-half of this Ecumenical Strategic Forum when I found myself lost in a cloud of words: diakonia, ecumenical diakonia, prophetic diakonia, sustainable development, peace, service, sharing, healing, reconciliation, faith-based/rights-based/justice-based….
Almost two years ago, I had the privilege of accompanying the United Church’s then-Moderator Gary Paterson and his husband Tim Stevenson on a two-week visit to Colombia and Cuba. Part of what we did was to respond to United Church partners who said they were ready to engage us in dialogue about sexual orientation and […]
At a Pride parade, with all the fabulous costumes and music, it’s easy to forget the life and death struggles that continue for people whose sexual orientation or gender identity doesn’t fit notions of “normal” held by people with more power. We still have to overcome high rates of suicide, HIV and AIDS, violence, and […]