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Houston Voice, No. 805, March 29, 1996
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Houston Voice, No. 805, March 29, 1996 - File 006. 1996-03-29. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 16, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/841/show/817.

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Title Houston Voice, No. 805, March 29, 1996
Contributor
  • Darbonne, Sheri Cohen
Publisher Window Media
Date March 29, 1996
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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Transcript HOUSTON VOICE / MARCH 29, 1996 5 Former priest urges creating 'a new spiritual base' (Continued from Page 1) The claim of the "religious right" that there is a war being waged for Ihe soul of the nation is true, says Helminiak; and by refusing to challenge the untruths and immoral aggression of this very group with our own truths—rooted in our own moral and spiritual truth—we are allowing them to win. The turbulent, chaotic times we live in provide the perfect backdrop, he noted. At a time when any eccentric with access to the media (Fred Phelps, for example) has a forum, the radical have an unprecedented opportunity to influence the thinking of society—the "soul of the nation." And as a nation in crises searches for its soul, the answers seemingly provided by faction have accumulated incredible power. Helminiak suggested that the surprise success of his book—initially refused by several publishers — hinged on "what Hegel referred to a "Zeitgeist" — the spirit of the times. "Thai my book is a success suggests that religion is still a major concern in the gay and lesbian community," he added. And the broader society, as well, openly or implicitly, is currently fixated on religious/spiritual issues. "We are living through a tremendous cultural shift, and it revolves around religion and spirituality," notes Helminiak. The religious right offers the searching, the lost an easy answer: a return lo religious hegemony—the "good old days" of established morals and forced spirituality—an answer that is both incorrect and impossible. Meanwhile, other churches and centers of spirituality have shied away from challenging the assertions of the fundamentalists, a trend that stems largely from what Helminiak called a "misguided tolerance" of other religious views. However, he argued, "not all opinions are equally valid Our own response, he says, has been dismally counterproductive: "In our clumsy separation of church and state, we have attempted to create a spirituality-free society." But removing the spirit from a response to a crisis of the spirit is also doomed to failure. The answer, according to Helminiak, is to create a new spiritual base, one rooted in unassailable truths and universal values: in presenting our position, he suggested, we should "focus on the underlying spiritual issues, and the underlying meaning and values, visions and virtues...foster authentic spirituality; be open minded, sensitive, curious, honest, objective (and) discriminating," he said. As well, Helminiak suggested that gays and lesbians, in Biblical discussions, should abandon popular arguments that make good logical sense but have not been historically proven true, in favor of those that have already been proven and accepted in Biblical scholarship. Of the former, he noted as an example the frequent assertion that Scriptural passages believed by many to refer to homosexuals in fact make reference to heterosexual men who perform homosexual acts. An example of the latter, according to Helminiak: it is a known and proven fact that the passage so often quoted by the religious right from Romans referring to homosexual acts as "unnatural" is a mistranslation. A closer interpretation of the word used would be "atypical." Helminiak, a former Texan, is now an assistant professor of psychology at West Georgia College near Atlanta. A Roman Catholic priest from 1967-1995, he has written three other books. New CO-PWA support group for Coastline residents Serving Galveston And Outlying Areas Coastline Organization of People Living with AIDS/HIV (CO-PWA) has seen a need for support for the "consumer" and their families, friends and loved ones that are affected by the disease. One of the things CO-PWA is currently working on is providing a drop-in center where the "consumer' and their family members, friends, and loved ones can socialize in a home atmosphere while getting updated information and support from others that truly understand. CO-PWA is a new non-profit organization that will serve the county of Galveston and other outlying areas that are affected by AIDS/HIV. CO-PWA's mission is to support businesses and communities affected by AIDS/HIV and assist individuals in securing social, financial, educational, housing services, clothing, food. medical supplies, and any needs that we can possibly assist with. CO-PWA is interested in working with the infected and their families by teaching them self empowerment through helping one another and learning how to not just give into the disease but to accept it, move on, and live a longer, productive life with HIV/ AIDS. Community outreach of CO-PWA will be done by emphasizing 'illness prevention' through education; promoting wellness programs; providing social activities; and providing current information on maintaining and improving quality of life. Volunteers will he going into businesses, schools, refineries, churches etc., to accomplish this. CO-PWA is anticipating programs without cost to the "consumer" and can be contacted by telephoning 409 762-0806. Calls are confidential. XAVIfR LUHfl. CflHDIDflTf fOR MR. 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