About

I love to write. Blogging was made for me. It helps me pay attention to the world–what is happening, what I am thinking in response, who and what interests me.

I also love my family–my husband, our daughters and their spouses and their children, our precious granddaughters, as well as my friends from all over, and the people God calls together in my first spiritual home, Metropolitan Community Churches (and especially MCC Richmond) and other spiritual homes, too–Congregation Or Ami, The Gayton Kirk, and the Wakan community. All of us together are family for me. And in a larger sense, I believe the whole world is family, because we are all offspring of God, which is why the divisions all over the world are so painful. And why I do what I can, with writing, and other activities too, to create healing.

So, here on this page I can share myself and also connect with my family, anyone and everyone who chooses to stop by for a visit.

And its very special when people choose to comment.

14 thoughts on “About

  1. Robin – I just had to read your Blog again after your recent email, and I was struck by the joy you felt about the wedding you officiated last weekend. How I wish I could also have been there to celebrate Sacred Journey MCC and the celebration of Rev. Jane and Gay’s Holy Union! It was a delight to experience through your eyes.

  2. Hi Robin,

    Thank you for your insights and on going reporting about the various struggles and witness to work of liberation that is slowly trying to find ‘the light’.
    Blessings,

  3. Mr. Robin, I don’t know what exactly do you preach, but haven’t you read the bible?

    Leviticus 20:13

    English Standard Version

    If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.

    New American Standard Bible

    If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their blood guiltiness is upon them.

    King James Bible

    If a man also lie with mankind, as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

    Rom 1:26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

    Rom 1:27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.

    Rom 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

    Rom 1:26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

    Rom 1:27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.

    Rom 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

    ABOMINATION TO GOD IS THIS ACT! GOD HAVE MERCY ON YOUR SOUL!

    REPENT, IS NOT TO LATE FOR YOU OR YOUR FRIEND

  4. Romans 1:26-27King James Version (KJV)

    26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

    27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

    YOU HAVE TIME TO REPENT OF YOUR SIN! MAKE IT RIGHT WITH THE LORD!

  5. Question: “What does the Bible say about gay marriage / same sex marriage?”

    Answer: While the Bible does address homosexuality, it does not explicitly mention gay marriage/same-sex marriage. It is clear, however, that the Bible condemns homosexuality as an immoral and unnatural sin. Leviticus 18:22 identifies homosexual sex as an abomination, a detestable sin. Romans 1:26-27 declares homosexual desires and actions to be shameful, unnatural, lustful, and indecent. First Corinthians 6:9 states that homosexuals are unrighteous and will not inherit the kingdom of God. Since both homosexual desires and actions are condemned in the Bible, it is clear that homosexuals “marrying” is not God’s will, and would be, in fact, sinful.

    Whenever the Bible mentions marriage, it is between a male and a female. The first mention of marriage, Genesis 2:24, describes it as a man leaving his parents and being united to his wife. In passages that contain instructions regarding marriage, such as 1 Corinthians 7:2-16 and Ephesians 5:23-33, the Bible clearly identifies marriage as being between a man and a woman. Biblically speaking, marriage is the lifetime union of a man and a woman, primarily for the purpose of building a family and providing a stable environment for that family.

    The Bible alone, however, does not have to be used to demonstrate this understanding of marriage. The biblical viewpoint of marriage has been the universal understanding of marriage in every human civilization in world history. History argues against gay marriage. Modern secular psychology recognizes that men and women are psychologically and emotionally designed to complement one another. In regard to the family, psychologists contend that a union between a man and woman in which both spouses serve as good gender role models is the best environment in which to raise well-adjusted children. Psychology argues against gay marriage. In nature/physicality, clearly, men and women were designed to “fit” together sexually. With the “natural” purpose of sexual intercourse being procreation, clearly only a sexual relationship between a man and a woman can fulfill this purpose. Nature argues against gay marriage.

    So, if the Bible, history, psychology, and nature all argue for marriage being between a man and a woman—why is there such a controversy today? Why are those who are opposed to gay marriage/same-sex marriage labeled as hateful, intolerant bigots, no matter how respectfully the opposition is presented? Why is the gay rights movement so aggressively pushing for gay marriage/same-sex marriage when most people, religious and non-religious, are supportive of—or at least far less opposed to—gay couples having all the same legal rights as married couples with some form of civil union?

    The answer, according to the Bible, is that everyone inherently knows that homosexuality is immoral and unnatural, and the only way to suppress this inherent knowledge is by normalizing homosexuality and attacking any and all opposition to it. The best way to normalize homosexuality is by placing gay marriage/same-sex marriage on an equal plane with traditional opposite-gender marriage. Romans 1:18-32 illustrates this. The truth is known because God has made it plain. The truth is rejected and replaced with a lie. The lie is then promoted and the truth suppressed and attacked. The vehemence and anger expressed by many in the gay rights movement to any who oppose them is, in fact, an indication that they know their position is indefensible. Trying to overcome a weak position by raising your voice is the oldest trick in the debating book. There is perhaps no more accurate description of the modern gay rights agenda than Romans 1:31, “they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless.”

    To give sanction to gay marriage/same-sex marriage would be to give approval to the homosexual lifestyle, which the Bible clearly and consistently condemns as sinful. Christians should stand firmly against the idea of gay marriage/same-sex marriage. Further, there are strong and logical arguments against gay marriage/same-sex marriage from contexts completely separated from the Bible. One does not have to be an evangelical Christian to recognize that marriage is between a man and a woman.

    According to the Bible, marriage is ordained by God to be between a man and a woman (Genesis 2:21-24; Matthew 19:4-6). Gay marriage/same-sex marriage is a perversion of the institution of marriage and an offense to the God who created marriage. As Christians, we are not to condone or ignore sin. Rather, we are to share the love of God and the forgiveness of sins that is available to all, including homosexuals, through Jesus Christ. We are to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15) and contend for truth with “gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15). As Christians, when we make a stand for truth and the result is personal attacks, insults, and persecution, we should remember the words of Jesus: “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you” (John 15:18-19).

    Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/gay-marriage.html#ixzz3CNl43AEy

    1. I am sorry it has taken awhile to answer. I have been very busy, and don’t check my blog correspondence very often.

      I just have a couple of things to say. I hope it does not sound too harsh, but frankly I am tired of being talked down to by people who presume to speak for God, putting God in a little box, confining God to one book written long ago. I know you sincerely believe what you write, I do not question that. But I would hope you might accord me the same respect, and perhaps think that I might also be a person of faith. As I am, as a lifelong Christian, and a pastor, and a theologian.

      It always reminds me of the time when King David said he wanted to build a temple, a home, for God. God told Nathan to tell the King that God had been and was quite happy in a tent, moving around, and did not need a palace–and especially one built by King David, meaning God would be a tenant of the King. God is not a tenant of anyone, of course. And does not belong to only one group. I always think of God as being on the move, not subject to our control and certainly not having to live in our box.

      The difference between us is that you think God has spoken, and will never speak again, while I experience God everyday and know God is sending us new understanding all the time–or maybe the all-too human writers of the Bible–all inspired I believe but what they experienced from God at the time–just missed some of what God was saying then. I know I cannot possibly take in everything God wants me to know, so I suspect it was true for them, too. And I am a Jesus-lover, and I seem to remember he said something about his commandment to us is to love. That is what my husband of 17 years and I do, we love each other, our kids and our grandkids, too, and our friends and family, and my church and his synagogue.

      And by the way, I have a master’s degree from a seminary and a Ph.D. in theology from another one, and do read the Bible daily. I cannot read the original Hebrew but I can read the Greek, and use it to be sure of what I am reading. I do let the Bible speak to me all the time, but that involves more than parroting the words. That involves letting them get inside me and work with my soul and my mind and my heart and my head, while keeping my eyes and ears open for today’s learning from God, from the Creation all around me, and from other people whose lives shine with love and life.

      Please do not lecture me about the Bible. Mine is well worn. When you are ready to recognize my worth as a human being, and that includes my sexuality just as your sexuality is part of you, then I think we might have a profitable conversation. And by the way, no where in the Bible is homosexuality mentioned–unnatural lusts, temple prostitution and the like, yes, but that is not what draws me to my husband. Our love, including our sexual love, is as natural as breathing. It is a gift from God, just as your sexuality is for you. I pray that you find God in your intimate life with your wife, just as I do with my husband.

      So, I think for now, we simply have to disagree.

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