There were only 30 short minutes left in my Biblical Interpretation class when James, my fellow seminarian, began his presentation. It was his turn to summarize an assigned reading for our class. We had all been writing short essays and developing informal presentations using excerpts from Preaching God's Transforming Justice: A Lectionary Commentary. James chose to develop a presentation based on the commentary designed for June 29-- the day in Christian liturgy on which many churchgoers will celebrate a new feast: The Gifts of Sexuality and Gender.
Such an accurate description of what we do, and what we fail to do, when the stakes are high.