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The Sweet Bi and Bi is a play on words, taking from the old hymn of the same name. This is my.. wondering space about being a bisexual Christian in an emerging context.

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Other Tags: Queer Christian, bisexual, queer, Queermergent

The name comes from my dream of opening my own dive bar: The Swandive. Until I do – I'm.. serving the Lord, instead of beer.

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  • on being outTomorrow Today is National Coming Out day.  When I was first coming out (18 years ago) the day had a punch, a shout-ish, rather rambunctious quality to it. I was young(er) and angst-y “I am here, I am queer, you can’t ignore me!” T...
  • one foot, then the other
    on Sep 12, 2011 in Uncategorized
    A rather newish friend asked the other day asked how I was. She noted she was asking because my outside voice seemed rather “not great” lately. My status updates, my posts—or lack thereof—apparently are showing what I have bee...
  • goosedMy contribution to the #WGF11 synchroblog. Check out the rest through #WGF11 and here. The North Carolina summer heat was an unfamiliar country before I arrived at Wild Goose. And southern heat was the lens through which I experienced the festival. ...
  • i want it all: on marriage and boycotting
    on May 23, 2011 in Uncategorized
    In my best moments these words help and guide me: Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. (1 Peter 3:9) So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us s...
  • for the record
    on May 19, 2011 in Uncategorized
    Sometimes I forget, and I need remember. So this is for the record—as permanent as this moment can get. I am lost in a groove— dancing on top of a pillar at the gay bar with the mmm-chh-mmm-chh-mmm-chh and bodies, hers and hers and his, t...
  • RIP: the swandiveFor those of you who know, I have had the blog “The Swandive” since 2006. I have loved it, been on-again and off-again with it, even hated it at times. It has at times been more than a blog—its been both a dream and an identity. Tod...
  • 1460.97 days4 years ago today Karen and I stood before our communites of faith, our families and friends and took the following vow: In the name of God and before this congregation, I, (Rachel/Karen), take you (Rachel/Karen), as my beloved, my partner, my own; t...
  • come out come out: so, in conclusion?
    on Oct 25, 2010 in Christian Culture Justice Queer
    Dear friend(s): Gosh, who would have guessed the conversation could be so civil, so productive, huh? I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have. I’m grateful that you have allowed the conversation to be out in the open, and huge thanks to...
  • come out come out: WWSS (what would sweetie say)
    on Oct 21, 2010 in Uncategorized
    This post is a part of an ongoing set of posts that is an email exchange between a friend and me. See here and here and here and here (in that order) for previous posts and comments (or just scroll down to earlier posts, but don’t miss the comments...
  • come out come out: then they said …This post is a part of an ongoing set of posts that is an email exchange between a friend and me. See here and here and here (in that order) for previous posts and comments (or just scroll down to earlier posts, but don’t miss the comments). I...
  • come out come out: and then she said …Preface: this post is a part of an ongoing set of posts that is an email exchange between a friend and me. See here and here for previous posts and comments. I am intentionally not jumping into the conversation in the comments (just yet), but am glad...
  • come out come out: a conversation
    on Oct 17, 2010 in Justice Queer LGBT
    A while back a conversation started with a friend on twitter. The conversation was sparked from mine and sweeties “soapbox sermon” we gave earlier this summer at the community we belong to—Solomon’s Porch. In case you haven...
  • come out, come out: a conversation continues
    on Oct 17, 2010 in Christian Culture Justice Queer
    The conversation continues from my post yesterday. My friend goes on to say (this is the first email in the exchange): … but people who won’t say what they really believe, or who will say it behind closed doors but not in public; those ar...
  • what can one do?This post is a part of the ongoing series of posts for LGBT History Month. In response to all of the attention given to the recent suicides my friend asks: “Every day I have been reading your blog commentary, your facebook page, obediently watching...
  • two thingsThis past week, there have been SO many posts / videos / updates / information about the recent suicides of young LGBT people due to bullying. I am not adding my voice to the fray (beyond the it gets better video), but rather I implore you to read th...
  • silenceIn the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. Martin Luther King Jr. I remember the first time I watched this clip—and being so struck by the silence. I welled up actually. Jay is an acquaintance and...
  • October: LGBT History MonthIt seems October might be a great month for blog fodder—October is LGBT History month. From the official website: In 1994, Rodney Wilson, a Missouri high school teacher, believed a month should be dedicated to the celebration and teaching of GL...
  • the first of the firsts
    on Sep 23, 2010 in Grief
    Today is a big day for my family; it’s the first of the firsts. Today would be 26 years that my dad and Des would be married. It is the first special/big/holiday-type day of the many, many more to come. Its not my anniversary—its theirs&#...
  • it’s the end of the world as we know it: doolin
    on Sep 5, 2010 in Uncategorized doolin Ireland travel
    Well, blogging in Ireland has proved to be as difficult as I imagined. But, the wind is whipping and I’ve got a few moments to jot a few thoughts down, so here I am; sweet milky tea, sun porch and my love at my side helping me to recall what we...
  • Day 1: Dublin
    on Sep 1, 2010 in Uncategorized
    Phrase of the day: day one is always hard. Plane landed yesterday and today we’re off to the Rock of Cashel and Killarney. It was, well day one in Dublin. It’s a big city, lots of people—sweet all of them really. But it’s hard...
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