Here at the Flame, we have a commitment to lifting up multiple voices*. Each week, in addition to something from the Bible**, at least one of the readings will be from a person of color, and one will be from the LGBTQIA community. Sometimes we also read from an additional writer.
*At the Flame, we are free to have a variety of responses to the readings. We don’t all have to agree on what they mean for us, or even like them.
**At the Flame, you are allowed to read the scriptures critically, reverently, skeptically, angrily, lovingly, resentfully, suspiciously and/or hopefully. You may feel all or none of the above.. You may disagree with others’ interpretations, and all will be treated with respect. No matter how you approach the text, you have a place here.
Some of our past readings are listed below. Do you have any suggestions?
Francisco X Alarcón, Prayer
Maya Angelou, Savior
James Baldwin, Nobody Knows My Name
Delphin Bautista, The Story Of Resurrection Is A Story Of Transition
Daniel Berrigan, Some
Brian Bilston, Refugees
Ashley Detar Birt, It’s Okay To Not Be Okay
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters & Papers From Prison
Rev. Brenda Bos, This is Most Certainly True: Queer Theology Reforms the Church!
Dean Brackley, SJ, Remembering the Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador: Twenty Years On
Frederick Buechner, Wishful Thinking
Rhys Caraway, How I Became An Activist
Staceyann Chinn, Resistance Through Poetry
Lucille Clifton, won’t you celebrate with me
Ta-Nahisi Coates, Between the World and Me
Leonard Cohen, Anthem
Laverne Cox, Hung Up on Our Bullies: Internalized Transphobia
Devon Rose Davis, This has never been about bathrooms.
Martin Espada, Imagine the Angels of Bread
Josh Evans, A Sermon About Journeys
Cecilia Gentili, Why Everyone Should Observe Transgender Day Of Remembrance
Jewelle Gomez, Why We Need A Good Feminist Rant
Lauren Grubaugh, A Prayer From the Streets of Charlottesville
Rev. Dr. Yolanda Denson Byers, What Are You Doing Here?
Rachel Miller H, #BlackGirlPsalms: Introduction
Princess Harmony,I Must Use Whatever Resources I Have To Challenge Injustice: BGD Crush Of the Month Featuring Lydia Brown and Live Your Authentic Self And Be Free: BGD’s Crush of the Month Featuring CeCe McDonald
Thomas Horton, Out
Elton John, Love Is The Cure
Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Strength to Love
Brandi Miller, The Chasm Between White Theology and Black Liberation
Janet Mock, Redefining Realness
Christopher Moore, Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff Christs Childhood Friend
Barack Obama, various quotes
Timothy Arliss O’Brien, Cultivating Inner Strength on Our Bible App
Kwame Pitts, Reflection: The sacredness of creation
Yosimar Reyes, A Poem so that the Weight of this Country does not Crush You
M.R. Ritley, God’s Flaming Laughter in Gifted by Otherness: Gay & Lesbian Christians in the Church
Oscar Romero, various quotes
Bayard Rustin, various quotes
George Sands, various quotes
Meta Smith-Davis, Who Would Have Thought?
Peter Staley, Is This My Beautiful Life?
Sojourner Truth, Ain’t I A Woman?
Archibishop Desmond Tutu, various quotes
U2, Until the End of the World
Alok Vaid-Menon, Your First Protest
Alice Walker, The Color Purple
Elie Wiesel, Night
Joel Workin, Dear God, I am Gay — thank you!