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From the Back Cover 'Disturbing, but ultimately glorious... Radically transforming...'--from the afterword by Toby Johnson, religion scholar and author of Gay Spirituality'Transformative in the most profound sense of the word.... Whether you are religious or not, it is impossible to read The Passion of Christ without having your basic beliefs shaken and expanded.'--Michael Bronski, Harvard professor and author of A Queer History of the United States?'I was deeply moved by this retelling of the Easter story.'--Rev. Troy Perry, founder of Metropolitan Community Churches'Together the paintings and text forced me to see Jesus again... as a living, breathing, sensual son of man whom I want to know more intimately.'--Rev. Dr. Mel White, founder of Soulforce'Deeply effective and brings to life the Passion not only for the LGBT community but for all people struggling to find themselves in the narrative and make sense of their faith.'--Rev. Sharon Ferguson, chief executive of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement?'This marvelous book will speak not only to LGBTIQ Christians, but also to anyone who is passionate about creating a more just world for the marginalized and excluded.'--Rev. Patrick S. Cheng, Episcopal Divinity School professor?'The divine leaps from these pages into open hearts. Few will view this art and read these commentaries without weeping for injustice and committing to love.'--Mary Hunt, co-director, Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual'Not only is this a compellingly gay and much-needed re-visioning of the central Christian mystery.? It also defiantly reaffirms our common humanity.'--Donald L. Boisvert, Concordia University religion professor'Here Kittredge Cherry and Douglas Blanchard make Jesus live. For new trials and times, new faces and places, challenging our conceptions, preconceptions, and misconceptions.' --S. Brent Plate, Hamilton College religion professor and author of Blasphemy: Art that Offends'A great contribution to art about Jesus. Paintings, interpretations, and afterword are all quite profound.'--Rev. Chris Glaser, author of Coming Out as Sacrament?'Fertile resources for reflection, meditation, study and prayer.' ?--Susannah Cornwall, research fellow in religion, University of Exeter'Provocative and powerful.'--Theodore Jennings, Chicago Theological Seminary professor Read more About the Author Author Kittredge Cherry is an art historian who founded Jesus in Love, an online resource for LGBT spirituality and the arts. Cherry was ordained by Metropolitan Community Churches and served as its National Ecumenical Officer, advocating for LGBT rights at the National Council of Churches and World Council of Churches. She holds degrees in journalism and art history from the University of Iowa, and a master of divinity degree from Pacific School of Religion. Her books include Lambda Literary Award finalist Art That Dares: Gay Jesus, Woman Christ, and More (AndroGyne Press), The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision (Apocrpyphile Press), Hide and Speak (HarperSanFrancisco) Womansword (Kodansha International) and her Jesus in Love novels. The New York Times Book Review praised her 'very graceful, erudite' writing style. Based in Los Angeles, she writes about LGBT spirituality and the arts at Huffington Post and the Jesus in Love Blog. ??? Artist Douglas Blanchard teaches art and art history at the Bronx Community College of the City University of New York. He paints in a realistic figurative style to explore gay experience as well as classical mythology, history, and current events. Born and raised in Dallas, Blanchard earned a BFA in painting from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1981, an MA in art history from Washington University in St. Louis in 1986, and an MFA cum laude from the New York Academy of Art in 1993. He was confirmed in the Episcopal Church in 1982 and remains an active Episcopalian and self-described 'very agnostic believer.' He keeps a studio on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The Passion series was exhibited at New York's Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in 2004 and JHS Gallery in Taos, New Mexico in 2007. His other work has been shown at a variety of galleries, including the New York Academy of Art. Read more