Category Archives: Spiritual Reflections

Pain at Christmas: Coping with the Loss of a Life Partner and Thinking of God in the Holiday Season

This will be my first Christmas without my partner R.[1] We were together for five years, four months and eighteen days – the happiest and most fulfilling period of my life – before an unexpected illness took him away from me. R. was diagnosed with a terminal illness on June 9, 2016. That was the day that our lives turned upside down. Over June, July, August and September, we were in and out of hospital for a total of four times due to various complications Read More +

Daring to Hope

The commemoration of the birth of Christ draws nigh, signalling a time for people from all walks of life to celebrate a renewal of hope and peace. The portrayal of the helpless Newborn in a cave in Bethlehem reflects the helplessness of so many people in Malaysia who remain cradled by the political, economic, and even socio-religious ideologies of others. Malaysians have witnessed a multitude of events in 2015 that have caused us to question what it means to be Malaysians in the twenty-first century. Read More +

A Response to the Talk “Somewhere Over the Rainbow: Same-Sex Marriage and LGBT” at the Church of the Risen Christ, Kuala Lumpur

Look at the rainbow, and praise its Maker; it is exceedingly beautiful in its brightness – Ecclesiasticus 43:11   Introduction A small group of youths from various parishes gathered at the Church of the Risen Christ in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at 2.00 pm on Saturday, August 22, 2015 for a talk by Roman Catholic priest Reverend Father Clarence Devadass. Organised by the Alive Ministry, the talk was entitled “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and was aimed at discussing the issue of “same-sex marriage and LGBT.” The Read More +

A Theology of Love: What Hopes May Come

A somewhat unexpected yet serendipitous bit of news caught my eye as I was scrolling down the newsfeed on Facebook today. It really took me by surprise. In fact, it took my breath away. I can’t remember whose timeline I saw it on first, but here it was – a posting from the website of the National Catholic Register entitled “Confidential Meeting Seeks to Sway Synod to Accept Same-Sex Unions.”[1] Apparently, a group of Roman Catholic clergypersons, and theological experts, as well as prominent media Read More +

Reflections on the Play ‘The Third Way: Same Sex Attraction and the Catholic Church’ at Holy Family Church, Kajang

  Introduction During the Roman Catholic season of Lent,[1] the Parish Youth Council of Holy Family Church at the township of Kajang in the Malaysian state of Selangor organised a series of activities. One such activity was a Play entitled ‘The Third Way: Same Sex Attraction and the Catholic Church’, which was held on Sunday, March 22, 2015. There was no charge for the Play and it was open to all. Although scheduled to begin at 6.00 pm, the Play started at 6.30 pm with Read More +

Of Plane Crashes, Murders, and God: A Reflection for Lent

In recent times, the skies have become a stage for tragedy. As the world held its breath with the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 on March 8, 2014, another Malaysian Airlines flight, MH 17 was shot down and crashed on its way to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from Amsterdam, the Netherlands on July 17, 2014, killing approximately 300 passengers and crew. Russia and the Ukraine continue to point fingers at each, although it is generally believed that MH17 was shot down by pro-Russian separatists. On Read More +

“No Other God”: Unexpected Christian Idolatry?

“You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20: 3). A chance encounter with this single sentence while browsing for a particular biblical verse had me reflecting on the idea of idolatry. It brought back memories of a previous ministry to the indigenous Bidayŭh and Iban Christians in the Malaysian state of Sarawak. It reminded me of communities that were held together by unquestionable loyalties to various Christian denominations which were introduced by zealous missionaries. Proselytisation had its casualties, though. Mass conversions of people Read More +

At the Threshold of a New Year: Reminiscence and Supplication

  At the threshold of a new year, G*d of darkness and shadows and light, we remember again, that you walk with us, within us, around us, in our tragedies and our miseries, in our illnesses and sufferings, in the unresolved riddles of life.   At the threshold of a new year, G*d of our bodies and our hearts, we recall your breath on our necks, your caress on our cheeks, your touch on our most intimate spaces, your presence that penetrates deep within us, Read More +

Questioning, Discovering, Witnessing: Towards a Deeper Meaning of Christmas?

Once again, the entire world celebrates the birth of Jesus, the Christ. The fact that Christ was not actually born on December 25, as the date merely serves as a commemoration of his birth, has become common knowledge for many Christians. What is important is not the exact date of Christ’s birth, but that he was born into the world—a prophet, a guru, a revolutionary, a visionary, perhaps even a life coach; but undoubtedly the face of God to those who hear and respond to Read More +

Queer Asian Spirit E-Magazine (QAS E-Zine) Vol. 4, 2014

The Rev. Dr. Patrick S. Cheng and I are very grateful for the opportunity to bring you another issue of the QAS E-Zine with the theme of Queer Diversity! This E-Zine foregrounds the often unheard spiritual perspectives and lived experiences of LGBTIPAQ persons of Asian descent from all over the world. This issue of the QAS E-Zine is packed with various contributions on sexuality rights, gender and sexual diversity, and queer spiritual spaces. Read more.         You may also be interested in: Read More +