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Rev. Chris Glaser is the author of twelve books, including Uncommon Calling, Coming Out to God, Coming Out as Sacrament, The Word is Out, and As My Own Soul: The Blessing of Same-Gender Marriage. A graduate of Yale Divinity School and a lifelong activist in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., he was recently ordained by the Metropolitan Community Church and has served three congregations as interim pastor.

As an openly gay candidate for ordination in the Presbyterian Church, he served as a member of a Presbyterian Task Force on Homosexuality (1976-1978), as founding Director of the Lazarus Project, a ministry of reconciliation between the church and the LGBT community in Los Angeles (1977-1987), and as editor of Open Hands, a quarterly magazine for welcoming congregations in seven denominations (1998-2003).

Since early 2011, Glaser has blogged weekly Progressive Christian Reflections at  Published on Wednesday mornings, the blog and subscriptions are free and ad-free. Donations are welcome.

Glaser is available as a workshop and retreat leader, speaker and preacher. He has been invited by hundreds of congregations, campuses, and community groups throughout the United States and Canada.  

Chris makes his home in Atlanta with his partner, Wade, and their dog, Hobbes.

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Recent Posts

Dec 10, 2015

As I look upon the faces and read the names of the 14 people murdered during a holiday party of colleagues serving the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, I am reminded of why I love the United States of America. 

I see men and women of diverse national and racial and ethnic ancestries. 

I see Protestants and Catholics and Jews and possibly those with no religious affiliation. 

Oct 13, 2015

Wade Jones and I were married here in Atlanta by the Rev. Dr. Erin Swenson during a private ceremony last week on my 65th birthday, a few days shy of our 15th anniversary, a week before his 55th birthday, and one day after the 10th anniversary of my ordination in the Metropolitan Community Churches.

Jul 02, 2015

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision broadening the understanding of marriage, those who have fought same-gender marriage now express fears that they will be called upon to do things their consciences will not permit and are clamoring for “religious liberty.”

It’s ironic that those who denied religious liberty to LGBT people in terms of church membership and leadership, ordination to ministry, as well as marriage, are anxious that this uppity minority will demand something of them. 

Jun 11, 2015

A few weeks ago I was stunned by a front page New York Times article headlined, “1.5 Million Black Men, Missing from Daily Life.”

As troubling as the recent deaths of young black men at the hands of law enforcement have been, they serve as tragic examples of a larger trend of our own “disappeared,” reminiscent of “the disappeared” in the recent histories of Argentina and Chile.

Apr 17, 2015

From the outside, and our need to simplify, especially in the media, key figures seem to be responsible for movements. Sometimes they are suffering scapegoats and sacrificial lambs, sometimes charismatic leaders and compassionate saints.

Mar 26, 2015

Jesus’ Seven Last Words, sayings offered from the cross, may serve as guidance for the spiritual life. This is sixth in a series on Chris Glaser’s blog, “Progressive Christian Reflections.”

Not to demean the abject nature of Jesus’ final words, according to John—but how nice to be able to say, “It is finished.”

Feb 20, 2015

Had they lived, my mother and father would have celebrated their 100th and 99th birthdays this past weekend.

Gratefully I share some of the things they taught me by example that have shaped my spirituality.

Dec 04, 2014

This is an abridged reprise of a column I wrote for the September, 1995 issue of the More Light Update, the publication of Presbyterians for Lesbian & Gay Concerns (now More Light Presbyterians) edited by James D. Anderson. 

Total attentiveness.
Unconditional love.
Limited judgment.
Irresistible grace.
Providential play.



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