Church of Sweden unveils altarpiece of paradise featuring gay couples and transgender serpent

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02-12-19 08:55:00,

A church in Malmo has a new altarpiece meant to celebrate inclusivity by replacing Adam and Eve in paradise with gay couples in suggestive poses, while depicting the serpent tempting them as a transgender woman.

The controversial work of art is not new. Photographer and artist Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin painted it in 2012 and tried to donate it to the Skara Cathedral just before the church was preparing to conduct the first same-sex wedding in its 1,000-year history.

The openly lesbian artist, who has a history of blending religious imagery with pro-minority activism, said at the time that she wanted to test if the Church of Sweden was as gay-friendly as it claimed to be when it embraced same-sex marriage in 2009. The Skara Cathedral politely declined the gift, saying it was about political activism and not faith.

But over seven years have passed, and now Wallin has got her way, even if it isn’t in her home city. St. Paul’s Church in Malmo accepted the painting called “Paradise” as its new altarpiece and unveiled it on Sunday, the first day of Advent. Helena Myrstener, the pastor, said that “history was written” in the hanging of the “LGBT altarpiece” as she tweeted a photo of the painting.

På söndag skrivs historia. Sveriges enda hbtq-altartavla (Elisabeth Ohlsson Wallin) tas emot i S:t Pauli kyrka i M-ö. Självklart hänger den i koret, bredvid den ”gamla” altartavlan. Vi är så glada o stolta! pic.twitter.com/W5TBkL8osa

— helena myrstener 📎 (@helenamyrstener) November 27, 2019

Wallin’s reimagining of paradise was inspired by one of the works by Renaissance master Lucas Cranach the Elder. The artist/activist said she wanted to show that, since the beginning of time, the place for gay people was in paradise rather than hell. The modern interpretation interestingly seems more prudish in terms of nudity than the 16th century originals as both “lesbian Eves” have their breasts covered by leaves rather than concealing only their genitals, as is traditional.

But it’s probably not because the artist has problems with nudity. After all, her most famous photo exhibition – the 2012 Bible-inspired “Ecce Homo” – featured an image portraying the baptism of Jesus with the model standing for Christ having his penis fully exposed.

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A Detroit Church is Paying Homeless People to Clean Up the City | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

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26-04-19 06:38:00,

Vic Bishop, Staff Writer
Waking Times

The homelessness situation in America is severe, sad and getting worse. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates that there are over 554,000 homeless people in America, and in major cities, especially on the West Coast, the problem is very severe.

Tent cities and major homeless camps are now a normal feature in many American cities, and when ordinary Americans try to help out, they are often stopped by law enforcement agencies who’ve been arresting citizens and members of churches and charity organizations who feed the homeless in public spaces.

So what can be done? It’s unlikely that housing prices will fall enough to allow more people to afford housing. It’s unlikely that the opioid epidemic will end itself over night. It’s unlikely that the criminal justice system will all of a sudden stop turning normal people who choose to possess and consume a plant into felons who aren’t allowed to get work or decent housing. It’s unlikely that the endless wars will finally end and our soldiers stop coming back from PTSD causing deployments.

We have to help other people, and the charitable organization, ‘A Better Way Detroit‘ is doing just this by paying local homeless people ten dollars an hour to clean up the city and empowering them to participate in the betterment of the community. The project is funded in part by donations raised in charity from members of the church and surrounding community, and the idea is giving new hope to members of this Detroit community.

The money the men are getting paid isn’t coming from someone’s bank account or a governmental program. It’s coming from donations sent to the Better WAY Detroit initiative, which is hosted out of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri. Designed to help put a little cash in the pockets of the homeless, it uses the honest-work-for-honest-pay code, and cleans up the city in the process. [Source]

The program is the brain child of Father Marko Djonovic of the Midtown parish of Our Lady of the Rosary, whose finding the endeavour to be incredibly inspiring and enriching.

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