Here's a fellow whom i've admired for a while now. In general, i respect and admire many who take religious vows. It's a life i've felt drawn to at times, though it always seems that the circumstances of my life draw me elsewhere. Anyway, i hope you enjoy virtually meeting this engaging monk, Br. Karekin, a/k/a the PunkMonk.
Welcome, O wanderer and friend! If you have a dissident spirit, you may find a place here. My name is Brother Karekin, aka the PunkMonk, and I am an Episcopal friar, writer, political activist, and proud social deviant resident in San Francisco. I live here with my husband Anthony (in spite of Proposition 8). I am a member of the Brotherhood of Saint Gregory which I humbly serve as their Minister Provincial for Province 8 which includes the West Coast. I have been a religious for 15 years, after having come to the realization that my life as an angry, punk, street kid were serving no one at all. I am deeply Christian, and unapologetically liberal and fondly remember the days when that was not a dirty thing to say.
Most people, after reading that first paragraph, grok that I am not a celibate religious. For those that didn't, well there you are. Our vow of Chastity can entail, but is not limited to, celibacy. While I have deep admiration for those of my brothers and sisters who have chosen the celibate life, I believe that sexuality when rightly enjoyed is also deeply sacred. And I am deeply appreciative of its variety in expression and practice. I am proud to be a Christian with a decidedly positive and expansive view of human sexuality. I provide Spiritual Direction for individuals in the SF Bay Area, working particularly with members of the transgendered community. While I am not transgender, I have personally struggled with my own Angels over gender expression and have a deep affinity/admiration/compassion for individuals who wrestle with gender identity and have run the risk of alternative expression.