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Early Christian Responses to Epidemics Completely Unlike 1980s Response

How a person contracts a disease should not be the barometer by which Christians determine their attitude toward the sick and needy. We are to reflect the same covenantal, unconditional posture of love and concern that God freely expresses toward His children, especially visible through His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus’ ministry exhibited a compassionate view […]

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The Face of AIDS Becomes a Child: Ryan White

  While the 1980s televangelists were pointing at the “dirty gays” as a deserving target of God’s punishment for anal sex, children who contracted HIV/AIDS through blood transfusions got caught in the public fear-filled frenzy. In December 1984, a gradual shift began to happen in the public face of AIDS. Ryan White, a 13-year-old hemophiliac […]

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C. Everett Koop, a Hero During the AIDS Crisis

When Ronald Reagan was elected to the presidency in 1980, names of faithful members of the conservative right were submitted to his Administration for possible appointment. Virtually all the suggestions were ignored—except the one to appoint C. Everett Koop as Surgeon General. As it turned out, Koop became the Surgeon General no one expected. The […]

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AIDS Migrates from Africa to Haiti and The US

  The HIV virus gets to Haiti When the Belgians withdrew 87,000 nationals from the Belgian Congo, it left 80% of the government posts unoccupied. All areas of the government suffered, including education. Colonization had elevated the role of European teachers and created a dearth of native Congolese teachers. The United Nations stepped into the […]

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What Caused the Onset of HIV/AIDS? Colonialism

The HIV/AIDS story starts around 1921 in Gabon, Africa where one subspecies of non-swimming chimpanzees known as the Pan troglodytes troglodytes (Pan t. t.), have been bound in their native habitat between two rivers for many thousands of years. The chimps developed simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV). Pan t. t. SIV probably originated from the recombination of […]

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Giving Tuesday for Canyonwalker Connections

If the mission statement of Canyonwalker Connections — to encourage, educate, and engage in dialogue between the conservative Christian church and the LGBT community –resonates with your beliefs, please consider including this organization as part of your 2015 and 2016 donations. #GivingTuesday, December 1, 2015, instituted in 2012, is designated as a special day to donate […]

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Sexual Orientation is a 20th Century Understanding of Human Sexuality

If a person who lived before the turn of the 20th century were asked about their sexual orientation, they would have been bewildered by the question. Though a wealth of literature depicts same-sex behavior as far back as the ancient Greeks, people at that time would not have understood terms or concepts like “heterosexual” or […]

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Homosexuality as a Mental Illness

What Research Led to the Designation of Homosexuality as a Mental Illness? None

  In 1896, Sigmund Freud (1856–1939) founded a new strain of psychology and called it psychoanalysis. Most of his theories, resolutions, and treatments linked to assumptions he had formulated about various stages of sexual subconsciousness, from infancy through its progression during childhood and into adulthood. Most mental illnesses, he speculated, began with sexual abuse, fear […]

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Sisters of Thunder Podcasts with Kathy and Yvette

In July 2015, Kathy Baldock and Yvette Cantu Schneider began hosting a weekly 30-40 minute podcast which will be archived. Canyonwalker Connections is one of the foremost organizations working to educate and invite productive dialogue for both religious inclusion, and for social equality for the LGBT community. Kathy Baldock is the Executive Director of Canyonwalker […]

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The Myth of Pink and Blue — Sex, Gender and Sexual Orientation – Free Audio

  [FREE AUDIO: downloadable audio. The conversation at the intersection of faith and sexual orientation and gender identity within conservative Christian circle is often quite contentious. We would not think of ignoring scientific and medical advancements in our use of technology, assessment of cancer, or even growing crops. Yet, the same devotees of modern progress, ignore what is […]

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How Did Homosexuality Come to be Labeled as a Mental Illness?

On a lovely October evening, I spent three delightful hours talking with Dr. Kenneth Lewes, a pioneer who challenged the American Psychoanalytic Association’s (APsaA) stances on homosexuality in the late 1980s. Dr. Lewes had already graciously given me over two hours of his time on a phone call several months before and had fact-checked a […]

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Walking the Bridgeless Canyon––Repairing the Breach Between the Church and the LGBT Community is Shipping

Walking the Bridgeless Canyon: Repairing the Breach Between the Church and the LGBT Community  is now shipping! The book took longer to finish than I had expected. Waaaay longer. I’ve laughed numerous times with friends about the fact that often I didn’t know where the next chapter would lead. The original outline was tossed aside well over […]

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Crowdfunder on FUNDERway: Program December 2013 to January 2014 ********************************************************* PURCHASE/PRE-ORDER  Walking the Bridgeless Canyon | Repairing the Breach between the Conservative Church and the LGBT Christian Community In order to better assess the intersection of sexual orientation and faith,“Walking the Bridgeless Canyon | Repairing the Breach between the Conservative Church and the LGBT Christian […]

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