Meet other gay men and women who share a passion for personal transformation, exploring what truly matters in our lives and how connecting to others of like mind contributes to our sense of spirituality. Discover together the unique spiritual path upon which gay men and women walk together. This is not a study group or reading group (no homework), but an opportunity to share concerns about the deepest issues of life with other gay people who share a perspective on what it is to be alive at this moment in human history.
The current group leader is Toby Johnson, former editor of White Crane Journal of Gay Spirituality. Johnson was a student of the renowned comparative religions scholar, Joseph Campbell, and brings Campbell's post-mythological perspective to gay men and lesbians' experience of matters of the spirit. Johnson and his partner, Kip Dollar, ran Liberty Books, the gay bookstore in Austin in the late 80s and 90s. He has written several books about the gay spirituality movement, including "Gay Spirituality: Gay Identity and the Transformation of Human Consciousness" and "Gay Perspective: Things our [homo]sexuality tells us about the nature of God and the Universe."
"Gay Spirituality" is the term Toby Johnson uses for the complex of myths, metaphors, practices & lifestory themes that LGBTQ people explain their sexuality with to themselves AND the particular insight into the nature of religion we are likely to garner through our experience of being religious outsiders.
Though most of the participants have been men, women are most welcome in this group.
(The current image for the group is from Stevee Postman's collection of images for The Cosmic Tribe Tarot Deck. This image appears on the cover of "Gay Spirituality.")
Toby Johnson's website is tobyjohnson.com
Welcome, Austin Spiritual LGBT Members
May 17 · 3:00 PM
For the Third Sunday of May, let's talk about Life Before Life
At last month’s MeetUp, our regular member Jay Cusker led us in the process called Death Cafe; we broke into smaller groups and discussed feelings and ideas, hopes and... Learn more
April 19 · 3:00 PM
For April, let's talk about Death
It's a joke in modern American culture that Death and Taxes go together as inevitable realities of life. Well, April is tax month, so maybe this is an appropriate moment... Learn more
March 15 · 3:00 PM
Let's Talk about the Difference between Men and Women
It’s the beginning of spring, so a time to celebrate the fecundity of Nature. This vital force within our lives is symbolized in the Great Mother, the Divine Feminine,... Learn more
February 15 · 3:00 PM
For the Third Sunday of February, Let's talk about Sacred Activism
Spiritual writer and engaging speaker Andrew Harvey is going to be giving a talk and workshop in Austin Feb 20 & 21.
Sacred Activism is his term for spirituality... Learn more
January 18 · 3:00 PM
For the Third Sunday of January, let's talk about New Beginnings
For the 3rd Sunday of January 2015, let’s talk about new beginnings. It’s the start of a new year, always a time for assessments of the past year, resolutions and... Learn more