Our Readings

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

Eli Clare, Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation

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

Dr. James H. Cone, Black Theology of Liberation

Devon Rose Davis, This has never been about bathrooms.

Elle Dowd, Who Runs #MyKindaChurch? A Reflection for Week 5

Vicar Lenny Duncan, Dear Church: Breathe, Liberal Orthodoxy Isn’t the GospelRadical Hospitality and #Decolonizing The Heavenly BanquetSermon Preached at LSTC Chapel 10/3/16

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

Rev. Lura Groen, A Love Poem, to the Holy SpiritBlessingBodies Are Good and Holy

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

Kelly Hayes, After the Raid: Why You Shouldn’t Look Away From #NoDAPL

Thomas Horton, Out

Lourdes Ashley Hunter, @HunterLourdes, November 2, 2016, Executive Director of Trans Women of Color Collective, www.twocc.us

Elton John, Love Is The Cure

Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Strength to Love

Jenny Lawson, Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible ThingsOne of Those Nights

Audre Lorde, Sister OutsiderThe Transformation of Silence Into Language and Action

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

Michelle Obama, Remarks by the First Lady at Memorial Service for Dr. Maya Angelou

Timothy Arliss O’Brien, Cultivating Inner Strength on Our Bible App

Mary Oliver, Praying,  Song of the BuildersWild Geese

Rev. Clementa Pinckney

Kwame Pitts, Reflection: The sacredness of creation

Positive Women’s Network#WhyWeMarch: Toward Liberation and Justice

Aleo Pugh, The Misappropriation of MLK: Respectability Politics and Black Struggle

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

Rev. Chris Wogaman, Pride or Anti-PityThen Let the Servant Church Arise

Joel Workin, Dear God, I am Gay — thank you!