Queering Christianity: Finding a Place at the Table for LGBTQI Christians

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5
The Holy Spirit as
Mischief-Maker

Robert E. Shore-Goss

People are paying attention to the spiritual dimension of their lives and
often seem to experience the Spirit in ways and places that often chal-
lenge traditional theologies and Church structures and sometimes have lit-
tle connection with traditional religious practice. The Spirit is present and
active beyond the official structures and ordained ministries of the Church.

—John R. Sachs1.

The Holy Spirit is part of God’s communication in the universe; the Holy Spirit is God’s agency in and through the evolution of universe from the very inception of the big bang until now into the future. The Spirit is the most underdeveloped theologically, and most theological conversations and explorations through history have always been focused on the perichoretic Triune being of God. When Christians talk about the conception of Christ as God Incarnate, the Spirit was involved. When Christ was raised from the dead, the Spirit was active in the resurrection. Often, the Spirit is comprehended as an extension of Christ, creating the possibility to hear and receive the Word. Yet the Spirit is present at creation and remains intimately present as God, active in the world of material universe and in all life.

There are no central doctrinal topics of Christian faith that do not include the presence and activity of the Spirit. God, Christ, Trinity, sanctification, grace, salvation, the evolution of life, personal transformation, and prayer; the Spirit is everywhere in Christian theologies, yet the Spirit

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