A Happy Pride

Portland Pride 2014Photo Credit Dustin VanceTo fully explain my amazing weekend at Pride this year, I need to take you back almost 15 months to some of the fear I experienced as I was first coming out as trans.But first, an aside:  Even though I write as a person of faith, please know: my goal... Continue Reading →

What’s in a name?

At the Oregon Coast with friends Psalm 138:13-14 "For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well."Well, I changed my name on Facebook from Laura to Leo.  In case you... Continue Reading →

My thoughts on peace

Power Ranger, Halloween 2013[This blog post is the text of a sermon I delivered on December 11, 2013]Luke 7:36-39, 44-50One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and took his place at the table. And a woman in the city, who was a sinner, having learned that he... Continue Reading →

An Odd Duck

AIDS Walk Portland 2013Psalm 27:1 "The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?"This week has been another of those hermit times for me. Questioning my gender identity is not easy. It is not always fun to be... Continue Reading →

The Gift of Not Knowing

Bat n' Rouge PortlandPhoto credit: Marty DavisMatthew 28:20b "[Jesus said,] 'And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.'"As many of you saw in my previous blog post, I shared that I identify as transgender, as more male than female, and that I go by either Laura or Leo.  I am so... Continue Reading →

Finding Leo

Killer croquet. Photo by Andrew ShaydeRomans 8:38-39: “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord”I have only... Continue Reading →

Where Jesus Is

Defeat of DOMA RallyPhoto credit: PQ MonthlyAmos 5:24 "But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.."Today we celebrated the end of the Defense of Marriage Act and the return of marriage equality to California. Woohoo!It is awesome news, though there is still much to be done. Here in Oregon, we... Continue Reading →

I Need to Remember

Nothing can separate usRomans 8:38-9: "For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."First off, I realize that I... Continue Reading →

Rally in Red

Rally for Marriage Equality, Portland, 3/27/20131 John 4:7-8  "Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love."I thank God regularly for June 10, 2012. On that day, I went to a... Continue Reading →

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