If my sexuality brings me so much meaning and connection, how could it be my “cross”?
About Allison Connelly
Allison Connelly is a Master of Divinity student at Union Theological Seminary, where she studies interdisciplinary approaches to disability theology. She is queer Catholic who also finds a home in the United Church of Christ, and is a contributing author to Dear Joan Chittister: Conversations with Women in the Church.
Entries by Allison Connelly
When I was in the earliest stages of coming out and was sorting through my feelings about my sexuality, I felt as though there was a stormy ocean inside my mind, heart, and body.
“What then is my role in living a moral life as an LGBTQ Catholic? How am I called to announce God’s justice?”
Today is the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, and the celebration feels a little pointed this year.
We knew that getting married as two gay, Catholic women in the deeply red state of South Dakota, especially when we were determined to have a Catholic liturgy, would be complicated. That is why, despite vastly different contexts, I see myself in today’s parable when it comes to my gay, Catholic wedding during COVID-19.
Today’s liturgical readings prompted me to think about restorative justice, and the implications it could have for LGBTQ people and the Catholic Church.
Today, I find that hope, reassurance, and sustenance in the dogma of the Assumption. I truly believe that as a Church and as a people, we need the Assumption today more than ever.
“Today is Trinity Sunday and the first Sunday of Pride month. What an opportune day then to reflect on my own Trinitarian identity as one person who is at once queer, Catholic, and white.”
I have to admit, I felt like the Easter Grinch during the last few weeks of Lent, convinced that with all the pain and suffering in the world right now, Christ would stay in the tomb this time. After reflecting on today’s Gospel story of the Emmaus encounter, it brings me comfort to wonder if the disciples felt the same way that I feel now.
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