In this sacred season of reconciliation, we remember in our prayers all the Catholic faithful around the world who are both celebrating, and those just contemplating, the recent election of Pope Francis. He is the newest in the line of successors to St. Peter elected to head the Roman Catholic Church.
When it comes to choosing someone to officiate your wedding ceremony, it’s so important that you feel comfortable with that person. Interview several officiants to be sure you find that one person with whom you can relate. Let them know what kind of ceremony you want – will it be religious, secular, something with a spiritual overtone? Be sure they are able to give you what you’re looking for. Discuss not only content, but length of the ceremony, and any theme you might want carried through the event. What’s the tone and mood? Will your wedding be a relaxed garden party or a classical formal affair? Inquire about rituals and cultural elements that might set your ceremony apart from others. Find out what kind of readings you might be able to include, and how family members or friends may participate.
A few days ago, while sorting through some old files, I came across a photo of someone I had at one time considered a friend and important part of my spiritual family and support system. Over time, however, our relationship changed in unpleasant and unpredictable ways. The day came when harsh and biting words were exchanged on both sides and we came to a heart wrenching parting of the ways. It took me many pain filled and sleepless months of prayer, introspection, and forgiveness “work” in order to move to a place of peace and acceptance of this loss of my spirit-friend.
The attack on Mr. Kenni Shaw was a shot heard ’round the world. Sadly, this incident is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. It is an indication of a more serious disease in the core of our collective character. Black antipathy toward “gay” people is featured in the work of the most popular black hip hop performers. But talking is one thing, violence another. And more people are finding it harder to ignore the anti-gay violence that plagues the black community, even though – contrary to stereotypes – African Americans account for the largest part of the LGBT community.
On a chilly Christmas night, Kenni Shaw walked to a corner store in his neighborhood in East Baltimore. As he was walking back home, 5 to 6 men attacked him from behind. They pummeled his head and his face but they didn't rob him. They just beat him up or in Baltimorese, they "banked" him.
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