As we talked about in our last meeting, we will meet at Genuine Joe Coffeehouse for our September event. The address is: 2001 West Anderson Lane Austin, TX 78757, ph # (512) 220-1576. There are two meeting rooms, a smaller one in front and a larger one in the back. Depending on the number of RSVP Yes's there turns out to be, we will be in whichever one is better for the number of people coming. So please be sure and RSVP, especially if you plan to come.
They do charge a fee per hour, but they will deduct whatever the cost of the purchases we make to put towards that fee. So please plan accordingly.
I'm not sure exactly what our conversation starter will be this time as I thought we would be a little more spontaneous with it this time. And I can come with a few ideas just in case!
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.")