queermergentAdele, who I was pleased to meet at the National LGBT Blogger Initiative in Washington, D.C., back in December, has started Queermergent, a new blog for LGBT Christ-followers in the Emergent church movement.

Visit Queermergent for more.

Adele blogs at Existential Punk.

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The 12 Queer Days of Christmas

On Dec. 14, the Jesus in Love blog started featuring artwork representative of a queer and progressive reading of the Christmas story. They’ll continue daily postings through Christmas day.

Among my favorite so far:

The Madonna and her female lover are portrayed as a lesbian couple, seven months’ pregnant through artificial insemination in “Annunciation” by Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin. The angel Gabriel comes in the form of their gay male friend, who floats in with a message from God—and a test tube for insemination.

A Bible quote is displayed with the photo: “The angel said to her, “ ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus.’” (Luke 1:30-31)

It’s important to imagine the Christmas story in new and different ways because it empowers people to grow in their relationship with each other and with God. Imagining the Madonna as a lesbian may be shocking, but it reminds the viewer that the story of Jesus’ birth has always been radical. It was scandalous that God’s son was born to an unwed mother in poverty. God became flesh—a shockingly total identification with all people.

Photo: “Annunciation” (from “Ecce Homo”) by Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin, 1998. Photograph, 79 x 60 inches. www.ohlson.se