Convertigo: Coming Soon

5 month ago with 3 comments
I spent a solid hour yesterday talking with Bryce Taylor of Convertigo, a podcast on Christian converts & ecumenism. We covered a lot of ground… What my family’s Jewish roots mean to me Growing up gay & scared & sad & isolated Coming out of the closet Plunging into the ex-gay world and then fleeing it Finding beauty & solace in the Byzantine rite …and, ...
Thank You, Dallas!

Thank You, Dallas!

4 years ago with 3 comments
Dallas was lovely. I landed around noon and was immediately scooped up and treated to lunch by a priest friend, one of several online-only acquaintances that I got the chance to bump up to the in-the-flesh level of friendship that day. As we drove around, his phone beeped, signaling the Angelus. It was pleasantly surreal to launch into a centuries-old, call-and-response, ...

Talk @ University Of Dallas: Gay and Catholic

4 years ago with 2 comments
I’ll be at the University of Dallas tomorrow, giving a talk on (what else) being gay & Catholic. The event isn’t open to the public, unfortunately, but I’ll do my best to post something here about it, whether a transcript or something else. Can’t wait to see my Texas folks again! Not to mention a brief respite from the weather, which is getting progressively ...

Talk 2: The Eucharist

7 years ago with 6 comments
Here it is — my second Idaho talk. Edited a little more heavily this time: I didn’t take out any content, I just took out the parts where I said “um” repeatedly, or made a lot of stupid mouth noises because I couldn’t remember what I was going to say, or paused for several seconds for no reason. This is mainly vanity, but I rationalize that at least it ...

Talk 1: Preparing Ourselves For Christmas

7 years ago with 9 comments
Without further ado, here is the first talk I gave in Idaho. It’s just shy of an hour. First bit is kind of an intro, second bit is all about Advent and how to be in sync with it and why Jesus isn’t always (ever?) what we expect. Nervous laughs abound. I enjoyed bleeping out the parts where I mention my real name. Steve Gershom — coming soon to a parish near you? Talk to ...

Mary to Eve

7 years ago with 4 comments
It’s safe to say that my first speaking engagement was a success. It almost didn’t happen: Wednesday night I came down with an absolutely exuberant case of food poisoning, which laid me on my back all of Thursday, and me with an 8am flight to catch the following morning. The devil didn’t want me to go and made me eat that bad cheese, is what probably happened. But it cleared ...

In Case You’re In Idaho…

7 years ago with 10 comments
…sorry, I meant to tell you about this before: a parish out there has invited me out to give a couple of talks for their Advent mission. My first talk will be this evening (2012-12-07) and my next will be mid-morning tomorrow. That’s right, in the flesh, baby! I will probably have to wear a bag over my head to keep my secret identity safe. Or maybe I will just wear glasses. If you ...