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seth donovan
i'm interested in what transforms us, or has transformative power in our lives.
Interests: theatre of the oppressed, learning about stuff - like bees and how tides happen, romantic comedies as a therapeutic tool, biking - mostly around the city but i'll never turn down a mountain ride, learning post-industrial collapse skills, queer theology, popular education, big love & most things hbo, politics of love
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heyya friends and readers - this blog is moving to - beginning Dec 30th, 2010 all new blogs will be posted at the new url - after Feb 1, 2011 this blog space on the typepad site will no longer exist...please check out the new confessing queer space! heart, seth Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2010 at confessingqueer
I was invited into a couple of conversations this week that have changed me: one with my good friend will and one with an article about poetry. will. we were talking about the church, the emergent church. we were eating sandwiches, or more accurately, i was devouring a sandwich with bacon on it as part of my own exercise to be less rigid generally...this time particularly in my vegetarianism. and we were talking about our desperate need to have spaces that we are wrong and wondering and that it is ok. confessional space (confession). that we are held in our... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2010 at confessingqueer
diversity |diˈvərsitē; dī-| noun ( pl. -ties) the state of being diverse; variety : there was considerable diversity in the style of the reports. • [usu. in sing. ] a range of different things : newspapers were obliged to allow a diversity of views to be printed. For many years (decades) the call has been one of diversity. The problem: our ________(company, church, club, school) is too _______ (white, straight, upper class, male). The solution: sprinkle some other identities in there to change the demographics. Having the advantage of being a few decades out from the diversity initiative across the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2010 at confessingqueer
race. gender. class. ability. citizenship. sexual orientation. religion. its not my fault what race i was born. its not necessarily a problem that our church's leadership is mostly straight. defense. defense. and fear. fear that i am not good enough, doing a good enough job, that i will be accused of being ____-ist. questions and questions about what it will mean if we are supposed to be something else. fear of not wanting to be a place where everyone is not welcome. knowing that we perpetuate spaces where not everyone is/feels welcome (feels, is...same difference to the one who is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2010 at confessingqueer
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Mar 15, 2010
i confess that i have to think hard about what i have to confess. i confess that every day i am conflicted between the way i work for justice in the world and the way i harbor injustice in my heart. i confess that i don't often want to live in grace with those who hurt me...and that sometimes i think that i am more deserving of care and love and forgiveness than they are. i confess that i don't like owning the ways that i perpetuate violence in the world. i confess that i perpetuate violence every time i... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2010 at confessingqueer
its all marcella's fault really. i was desperate for conversation, thought, writing, art - really any form of input and interaction - about queer theology and i found marcella althaus-reid's book "the queer god" and hit the "order" button. and then i found myself gulping up as much of her book as i could process at one time on silent retreat last year. she is unapologetic, humble, hilarious, brazen, graceful, and deeply invested in what it means to be a whole person in the christian life. and i'm pretty set on blaming her (attributing to her) the results of her... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2010 at confessingqueer
This weekend i spent mostly in a booth with headphones on, talking to and taking direction from people in other booths who i couldn't see, but could hear. Its an interesting social experience, but one that i always enjoy with the band...i won't go into the layers of thought that stem from the experience of us all being isolated in booths so that we can produce something cohesive, collective, and intimate. Needless to say though, we did walk away from the weekend with all the tracks to a new full-length album recorded. I took a small break from recording though... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2009 at confessingqueer
so i thought i'd put up here some of the main thoughts that i talked about at Christianity 21 since some folks have been asking for the transcript (which i don't have) and since the thoughts from that talk inspired the title of this blog. first, i'd like to say that my talk at #c21 was the reflection of a 9 month process for myself on the topic of began when i asked myself in thinking about the conference what the greatest value of the church to me in the 21st century would be. Generally, i'm a person with... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2009 at confessingqueer
i was speaking at Edina Lutheran Community Church on Sunday as part of the #c21 conference weekend and we were talking about the relationship of more traditional, denominational congregations to congregations on the more emergent end of the spectrum. I started talking about how i could not stop thinking the night before (as i lay in my hotel bed totally exhausted and totally unable to make my brain stop) about how i have all these issues with the church as an institution, but the thing is that the church is a body too. That reality makes my usual clear-headed power... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2009 at confessingqueer
I've held a blog account for over 6 months and haven't blogged once. not sure what i was waiting for, but have always had a hard time writing consistently in any sort of journal/daily writing way. i think my perspective changed over last weekend though in ways that i'm not sure i can even articulate. I attended and spoke at the Christianity21 conference - my heart and mind was shaped - here is an attempt to list things about that conference that were transformative to me: * the process leading up to the conference was one of six months of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2009 at confessingqueer