Rik Isensee, LCSW,
grew up in a conservative Marine Corps family and attended progressive, ecumenical church camps in the 1960s. He's interested in mindfulness and the compassionate values that many spiritual traditions have in common. Rik practices psychotherapy in San Francisco, Calif.
Many gay men grow up feeling alienated from homophobic religious institutions, beliefs, and misinformation. Yet at the same time, our needs for spiritual wholeness — community, meaning, and transcendence — may still be keenly felt. In recent years, a few progressive faith traditions have reevaluated their previous hostility to same-sex relationships. And many gay men have moved beyond the homophobic religious beliefs that oppressed us.