Vine & Fig states unequivocally that Black Lives Matter, and we whole-heartedly support the protestors who are doing God’s work in streets.
Ten years ago, I went on my first silent retreat. If I had known that it would be silent, I’m not sure I would have attended. So, it was with a great deal of uncertainty and skepticism that I sat with my fellow retreatants for our opening prayer.
In a few days, Pride Month will start in the US, and at Vine & Fig we’re hoping to celebrate this with fun community things that we have in the works. I myself would like to use the occasion to discuss an elephant in the room: the queerness of Catholics.
At the same time the OICA renaissance reshaped how new Catholics joined the Church, nuns also began exploring both ancient Christian traditions as well as interrogating Church teachings about gender and sexuality.
People in positions of authority inevitably empower those under their influence. Those in positions of power that seek personal gain or forgo devotion, justice, and compassion undermine the love of God and the love of neighbor.
Have you ever gone to help someone and thought to yourself, "oh yeah, this is one hell of a good deed?" And then have you ever fallen flat on your face when you went to do it?
During the early years of the LGBT+ liberation movement, queer people forged political solidarities by sharing their experiences of sexual repression and alienation from the dominant heteronormative society.
God has given us life for the Spirit to live in us, to experience love and be able to step into the chaos of another with compassion. Made by God we are a conduit of peace, even if we ourselves are not at peace.
Do you remember the first time you met someone who was gay and didn't see it as a conflict with their Christianity? Do you remember how revolutionary that seemed? Even a little bit dangerous?