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Healing the Past: Buddhist Purification Practice at Kalpa Bhadra Kadampa Buddhist Center

February 25, 2017 from 1pm to 4pm
Although we want to be happy all the time, negative energy in our mind often causes many problems. Out of his great compassion, Buddha taught methods to purify the negative karma that causes our suffering and impedes our spiritual progress. In this course, we will learn how to engage in Buddhist purification practice according to the Mahayana Sutra of the Three Superior Heaps.$25SCHEDULE1:00 – 2:30 pm: Teachings on Karma and Purification Practice2:30 – 2:45 pm: Tea Break 2:45 – 4:00 pm: The…See More
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Go Ahead. Feel Bad.

Do you enjoy finding new writers to read? I do and I also enjoy sharing those people with my friends and readers.For that reason I'm going to be sharing the writing of several people from time-to-time this year with you.One such person is my friend and Unity minister, Rev. Ellen Debenport. Her blog for this week is below and speaks to me on a very deep level.Admitting where we are instead of pretending everything is great is one of the foundation…See More
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Free Public Talk: Meditation and the Art of Happiness at Midtown Scholar Bookstore

February 11, 2017 from 1pm to 2pm
Buddhists believe that when our mind is at peace, we are naturally happy and positive. In a world of so many responsibilities, it is comforting and essential to know that a simple meditation practice can bring immediate results in our life. In this class, basic meditation techniques will be explained as well as some guidance for healthy and positive thinking.This talk will be given by Julie Francisco, Resident Teacher of Kalpa Bhadra Kadampa Buddhist Center.See More
Thursday
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Will We Complain or Lead?

Have you had your fill of empty promises from our elected officials? Are you sick and tired of hearing that same excuses from your spouse? Do you have any confidence at all in the agreements your boss has made with you? Sadly, most of us will answer “NO!” to one or more of these questions. So what do we do about it? If we put up and shut up we’re playing the victim game. That makes us look pathetic, but at least we have the satisfaction of garnering at least some sympathy, probably from people…See More
Jan 6
Terry Drew Karanen posted a blog post

Now What?

It’s been quite a year, non? That question is an understatement. Well, at least for me and the majority of my readers.It could seem like the year is ending with uproar and confusion. Added to that is a year ahead which holds more questions than answers. How do we handle the situation? The question, “Now what?” makes complete sense in a state of affairs that is full of uncertainty.There really is only one constant:  Change. Much of what we’ve heard around the world is returning our communities…See More
Dec 22, 2016
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Inner Peace Meditation Retreat at Kalpa Bhadra Kadampa Buddhist Center

January 28, 2017 from 9am to 5pm
Buddha taught twenty-one meditations that lead to permanent inner peace. They are called the twenty-one Stages of the Path to Enlightenment. In this retreat we will learn about and meditate on some of these meditations. Sessions will be guided by Resident Teacher Julie Francisco.9:00am-10:00am 11:00am-12:00pm 2:00pm-3:00pm4:00pm-5:00pm$5 per sessionJulie has studied and taught Kadampa Buddhism for many years. She has also engaged in extensive meditation retreat and is well-qualified to…See More
Dec 19, 2016
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Big Girl Panties

Have you got anything bugging you this week? I mean something, or someone, that has just gotten under your skin? This time of year can bring out and up all sorts of “stuff,” for lack of a better word. Our challenges are unique and often very personal. What may appear to be a huge obstacle in my mind may be a mere trifle for you. However, having said that, I am brought to the reason for the title of this blog, “Big Girl Panties,” as in “Bitch, put on your big girl panties and deal with it!”…See More
Dec 16, 2016
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Frying Bacon in the Nude

Do you beat yourself up when you make mistakes? It’s not uncommon, so don’t begin beating yourself up now for previously beating yourself up! We are taught to put ourselves down. “You shouldn’t have done that,” “little girls should be quiet,” “little boys don’t cry,” and the list goes on. While traveling around the country I hear parents constantly – and often in raised voices – chastising their children for what they’ve done. In airports, hotels and onboard airliners too many adults continue…See More
Dec 9, 2016

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Sister Act @ Fulton Theatre, Until March 26 Don't miss it! Local talent abounds!

Sister Act @ Fulton Theatre, Until March 26

Don't miss it!

Local talent abounds!

Read what gay men say about show!

Hilariously funny! Based on the hit 1992 film and featuring original music by Tony® and 8-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty And The Beast, Little Shop Of Horrors, Hercules), this uplifting musical is a sparkling tribute to the power of friendship. When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she’ll never be found – a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with the rigid lifestyle and the uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but in doing so, blows her cover. Filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story, Sister Act is reason to REJOICE!

Marc Robin, Fulton Theatre Artistic Director

 

Buddy Reeder, starring in Sister Act, until March 26

 

"Everything!" is what Fulton Theatre artistic director Marc Robin said he liked about Sister Act. "It is a hugely entertaining show with a great score and an enormous heart."

The show takes place in the 70s, a fantastic tribute to the style and dance of that period which makes it popular with LGBT audiences. "It was a blast to revisit my teenage dance club days," Robin tells Central Voice.

What brings Robin to the region?

"I moved here with my husband prior to being the Fulton artistic director. We fell in love with Lancaster, the people, community, and the chance to live a life in a growing arts community," Robin explains.

Buddy Reeder is part of the local arts community.

"This is our 75th production together as director/actor and choreography team, Robin says. Reeder auditioned for him for My One and Only in Chicago. "He was the best male tap dancer I had ever seen."

Reeder has worked at the Fulton Theatre off and on since 2005 and for Robin since 22 years.

"I have been Robin's assistant and traveled the country working with him for 11 years when I was based out of Chicago."

When Robin decided to make the Fulton a Broadway level theatre, "I knew this was the place I needed to be.  I love the people, the architecture, the vibe of the city," Reeder says.

What does Reeder like about Sister Act?

"I am a gay, spiritual man," Reeder says. "This show reminds me that God made me the way I am and that is ok!" The show, he notes, "has heart and spiritual joy. The second Brit West opens her mouth, the joy begins. And it's fun to play an 102-year-old nun, a stoner and an alter boy."

Tickets:  Purchased at theatre, by calling 717-397-7425, or online.

 

 

 

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Judge Voids PA Anti-gay Marriage Law; Rallies Held Statewide

Judge Voids PA Anti-gay Marriage Law; Rallies Held Statewide

Harrisburg City Hall Open for Marriage Ceremonies

By Central Voice

 

About 100 people rallied on the steps of the State Capital Building at 6 p.m. tonight celebrating a federal judge overturning Pennsylvania's 1996 Defense of Marriage Act that banned same-sex marriage.

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Federal Middle District Judge John E. Jones III ruled earlier today (May 20, 2014) that Pennsylvania's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional.

 

Jones' ruling overturns the state's 1996 Defense of Marriage Act prohibiting gay marriage and banning recognition of gay marriages performed in states where same-sex marriage is legal.

 

Jones' decision means that Pennsylvanians can legally marry in the state and have their marriages which were performed in other states recognized. The prohibition against same-sex marriages in Pennsylvania has ended.

 

Twelve other federal courts have also struck down laws prohibiting same-sex marriage. On Monday (May 19, 2014), Oregon overturned its law banning gay marriage, bringing to 18, now 19 with Pennsylvania's decision, the number of states allowing same-sex unions. Also today the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ordered expedited review of a federal district court’s decision that overturned Idaho’s ban on marriage equality. At the same time, the court put the lower court’s decision on hold until the appeal is completed. This month is also the 10th anniversary of Massachusetts allowing gay marriage.

 

Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse said he welcomes the ruling. “This is an historic ruling and one that I wholeheartedly welcome,” he said. “The doors of City Hall are open to all couples who want to wed.”

 

Although there is a three-day waiting period in Pennsylvania between getting a license and completing the ceremony, Dauphin County's Register of Wills and Clerk of Orphans' Court Jean Marfizo King said she is ready for a potential influx of couples seeking licenses.

 

The case, Whitewood v. Wolf, was filed July 9, 2013, on behalf of 23 Pennsylvanians who wish to marry in Pennsylvania or want the commonwealth to recognize their out-of-state marriages.

 

The lawsuit alleged that the state's Defense of Marriage Act and refusal to marry lesbian and gay couples or recognize their out-of-state marriages violates the fundamental right to marry as well as the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. The lawsuit came in the wake of the ACLU's victory before the U.S. Supreme Court in U.S. v. Windsor, which requires federal recognition for lesbian and gay couples who are married in their home states.

 

Plaintiffs argued that the court should closely scrutinize this discriminatory treatment because the state's Defense of Marriage Act burdens the fundamental right to marry and because it discriminates based on sex and sexual orientation.

 

Julie Lobur and Marla Cattermole were among 23 people challenging Pennsylvania's anti-same-sex marriage law in court. Central Voice photo

 

Local Harrisburg couple Marla Cattermole and Julie Lobur were among those challenging Pennsylvania's law in court.  Lobur's partner of 28 years, Cattermole said told Central Voice last September,"...we'd like our relationship legally recognized." They are legally married in the state of Iowa. With today's decision, their marriage is now recognized.

 

In his ruling, Jones wrote: "In the sixty years since Brown was decided, ‘separate’ has thankfully faded into history, and only ‘equal’ remains. Similarly, in future generations the label same-sex marriage will be abandoned, to be replaced simply by marriage. We are a better people than what these laws represent, and it is time to discard them into the ash heap of history.”

 

Katie Somers, Communications Chair for the Capital Region Stonewall Democrats said, "despite many rallies and being a proud activist, today is a day that I've waiting for many years but honestly, didn't think I would necessarily see marriage equality in Pennsylvania in my lifetime. Once the clerks are ready, I will get my marriage license and legally marry my wife."

 

State Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who declined to defend the state law, says she won't appeal today's decision. "Inequality in any form is unacceptable and it has never stood the test of time," she said.

 

A spokesman for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett said he was "still reviewing the opinion and once the review is complete we'll share his response."

 

Harrisburg Diocese's newly appointed Bishop Ronald Gainer called the ruling "a redefinition of God's law."

 

Rallies were held in Harrisburg, Erie, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. About 100 people attended the Harrisburg rally held on the steps of the State Capital building.

 

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Local Author's Book Makes Top 10 Gay Non-fiction List

Called a "must read," Michael Long's book on gay pioneer Frank Kameny has been chosen as one of the Top 10 gay, non-fiction books for 2014. Gay Is Good: The Life and Letters of Gay Rights Pioneer Franklin Kameny by the Elizabethtown College professor is a "must-read for anyone interested in the history of the gay rights movement” says Publishers Weekly.

Harvard University's Michael Bronski, a staple in the world of gay history, said: “The LGBT movement has been blessed with an amazing array of passionate, provocative, colorful, dedicated, and sometimes infuriating women and men. Frank Kameny is certainly one of the most important. Michael Long’s magnificent book captures the breadth of the movement and the specificity of Kameny’s life and importance.”

Long tells Central Voice about his editing of Kameny's historically rich letters, 150 letters from 1958 to 1975, that reveal some of the early stirrings of today’s politically powerful LGBT movement. The letters are lively and colorful because they are in Kameny’s inimitable voice, a voice that was consistently loud, echoing through such places as the Oval Office, the Pentagon, and the British Parliament, and often shrill, piercing to the federal agency heads, military generals, and media personalities who received his countless letters. Long is the author and editor of several books on politics, religion, and civil rights. He is the editor, most recently, of Beyond Home Plate: Jackie Robinson on Life after Baseball.

Central Voice: What has the response been to your work on Kameny? from the academic community? from the LGBT community?

Michael Long: The book has just been released, but the response thus far has been so positive. Kameny's close friends, like Charles Frances and Bob Witech of Washington, DC, have been generous in their praise of the book.

 

CV: Some advocates are outright sending the book to others?

ML: Malcolm Lazin of Equality Forum has decided to send the book to leading LGBT activists across the country. Early reviews have also been positive, identifying the book as a "must read." I'm pleased about this mostly because it helps to advance the rich and inimitable legacy of Frank Kameny. This of us who fight for LGBT rights stand on his shoulders, and the book helps us understand how incredibly broad his shoulders were. 

CV: Currently, there is lots of dialogue about the intersections of race and LGBT issues. What are your thoughts?

ML: One of the most important things about Kameny is that early on he, like Edward Sagarin and others, identified gays and lesbians as an oppressed minority. That was no small move, and it allowed him to analyze discrimination against gays and lesbians as somewhat akin to discrimination against people of color. It also helped him articulate the need for civil rights and liberties for gays and lesbians early on.

CV: Wasn't Kameny an early petitioner of the US Supreme Court?

ML: His 1961 petition to the US Supreme Court--a landmark document--did exactly that while at the same time telling the justices that homosexuality was moral. It's breathtaking material. Kameny also turned to the civil rights movement for inspiration and instruction for advancing civil rights for oppressed gays and lesbians. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Stokely Carmichael are among those who influenced his deliberate efforts to politicize the homophile movement and turn it into a political power that politicians could no longer ignore. So Kameny actually helped to create the intersections of race and LGBT issues that we continue to experience today.

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Things you may not know about Franklin Kameny -

*During the height of the Lavender Scare, openly fought the US government for firing him because he was gay (1958).

*Led a long campaign to force the US Civil Service Commission to permit the hiring of gays and lesbians individuals for federal jobs, including those requiring security clearances (1957 on).

*Filed first US Supreme Court petition arguing that gays and lesbians were an oppressed minority deserving equal treatment under law, and that homosexuality was moral (1961).

*Co-founded the Mattachine Society of Washington, the nation’s first organization dedicated solely to securing civil rights and liberties for gays and lesbians (1961).

*Co-founded regional and national gay and lesbian groups designed to politicize the movement and secure and advance political power in government and civil society (1963 on).

*Organized the first White House picketing by a group seeking civil rights and liberties for gays and lesbians. Similar picketing soon followed in front of the US Civil Service Commission, Independence Hall in Philadelphia, and the Pentagon (1965).

*Criticized numerous leading media personalities, including Ann Landers, Johnny Carson, and Rona Barrett, for their anti-gay views (1966 on).

*Staged protests (“zaps’) for gay rights at American Psychiatric Association conventions, eventually forcing the APA to delist homosexuality as a mental disorder (1971 on).

*Became the first openly gay candidate for the US Congress (1971).

*Acted as counsel to numerous gays and lesbians facing discrimination in the US military and served as a driving force behind the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

 

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