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John linscheid

John Linscheid is the inaugural recipient of the Martin Rock Award, for his dedication to the queer community. 


Gay old soul, John learns a bit more each day from his gay old soulmate, Ken, his friends, family, and life generally. A writer and activist, John has been an author, editor, pastor, amateur artist, burger flipper,  factory worker, and staff assistant in the course of his 60 plus years. Over 30 have been spent with his gay old soulmate, with whom he has led workshops, made presentations, built a labyrinth, planted trees, raised stones, and sought out the company of spirited queer folk–particularly men. They have become fixtures at Germantown Mennonite Church, America’s oldest Mennonite congregation and now one of its most progressive. Experience places John in the mystical spectrum of both Queer and Christian spirituality. He is learning to let the body teach as much as the spirit. So the lessons continue–discovering more and more each day how to truly live his queer  life.

publications & blog

Gay old souls

John's blog, Gay Old Souls, features work "drawing on queer spirit through progressing age." 


Surviving Fire: Looking Down on Sodom

An edited version of this was published as
“Looking Down on Sodom: A Gay Man Searches for Light Amid the Fires,” The Other Side, vol. 32, no. 6 (November/December 1996): 12-17, 51.

This essay proposes a new exploration of the Genesis story of Sodom and Gomorrah. 

Losing Life to Find it: A Spirituality of Gay Identity Development

This article first appeared in the May/June 1996 issue of The Other Side magazine. Written by Ken White and John Linscheid. 

"Nineteen ninety-five was a hard year. Another parent fought cancer. Our denomination demoted our congregation to associate-member status because it has some gay and lesbian members. Organizational restructuring at both our jobs prompted lay-o jitters."

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BMC publications: 

Outspoken Dialogue

Sermons & talks

1991 Sermon - John Linscheid
2010 Sermon: May 2 - John Linscheid
2010 Sermon: October 24 - John Linscheid
2011 Sermon: January 9 - John Linscheid
2012 Sermon: October 14 - John Linscheid
2012 Sermon: December 9 - John Linscheid
2013 Sermon: March 17 - John Linscheid
2016 Sermon: February 28 - John Linscheid

Done with Dialogue

Published in Outspoken, vol. 2, no. 1 (Spring 2008): 5, 10

Sexual Ethics: A Dynamic Approach

Published in Dialogue, Vol. 6, No. 1, Spring 1983 

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