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The Sun is My Sanctuary by Arthur Berns
Astrologer-metaphysician Arthur Berns discusses
the need for an "oasis" during times of major change. This can be
both practical and symbolical. Edwin Steinbrecher's "sexual physics"
base Bern's discussion.
Sanctuary of the Tao Lands by Bert Herrman
Bert Herrman is a significant figure in the gay
publishing world. Since his 1990 book BEING, BEING HAPPY, BEING GAY,
Bert's small effort at self-publishing has grown into a successful
publishing company and, more importantly, into a major gay-genre book
Nasalam: The Vision of an Erotic Spiritual Community by William Uriel Andros
Nasalam is an intentional community on
twenty-one acres of rolling hills on the Ozark Plateau in
Millthorpe Farm: The Labor of Edward Carpenter
One of the "Fathers" of gay spiritual awareness
lived on a seven acre farm in Derbyshire, England. It became a place
of pilgrimage to many in the progressive movements of the day. It
represents a model for future rural communities.
Zuni Mountain Sanctuary
In the Faerie tradition, a new Sanctuary is
being developed in Western New Mexico inthe mountains near
The Clear Light Colonyby Toby Johnson -- [Click title to read about a fictional gay utopian colony based on Carpenter's precedent]
Travel offers opportunity for finding
Sanctuary. Whether billed as "spiritual" or just as "adventure,"
gay-led tours provide experiences outside the normal, everyday world.
With the passing of the old religious forms, "pilgrimage" is now
called "vacation." But the phenomenon is often the same. Brief
descriptions of Adventures are highlighted by "Spirit Journeys,"
"Lizard Head Backcountry Tours," "Alyson Adventures," and "Brothers
Joseph Campbell and the Doors You Didn't Even Dream Existed by Toby Johnson
Joseph Campbell, though not himself gay, offered a way to think about truth and religion that seems especially appropriate for gay people. The attitudes that follow from his matter-of-fact and compassionate way of looking at things would result in the world of acceptance and honor we as gay people long for.
Joe said "Follow your bliss and don't be
afraid, and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to
Conference Center Project by Fred
Sparkman Models of Sanctuary run from
the post-religious "freelance monastery" to the hippie-inspired
"back-to-nature commune," the "utopian colony," the country bed and
breakfast, to the financially-endowed conference center. Here's a
proposal for a retreat based in the model of the corporate conference
Utopias & Dystopias by Randy Conner, David Sparks, and Mariya Sparks
An excerpt from Cassell's Encyclopedia of Queer Myth, Symbol, and
Spirit. The Encyclopedia is a
cornucopia of queer spirituality, containing over 1500 alphabetically
arranged and cross-referenced entries. 380 pages, Hardcover, $21.95
(To order from Cassell's call 1-800-561-7704.)
an excerpt from BEING, BEING HAPPY, BEING GAY by Bert Herrman
Books and Videos by Bert Herrman are available
at gay bookstores nationwide and by mail from Alamo Square
Distributors, P O Box 14543, San Francisco CA 94114. Send for
specialty brochures: SM/Leather/Fetish; Cross-dressing & Gender
Dysphoria; Books for Gay Men & Lesbians.
Review: Joseph Kramer's EVOLUTIONARY MASTURBATION by Robert Barzan
Review: Elton Johns' LOVE SONGS by Toby Johnson