Michael Haehnel

Car Driving Sepia Winter Spring

COVID-19 and the Honor Code debacle – An existential meditation

March 17, 2020 |

As I began my drive, I viewed the hillsides, fields, and woodlands here in upstate New York. Such scenery has become my chapel of holy reflection, and I was lost in the beauty of my surroundings. Despite the fact that the snows have only just receded and the color scheme is still tawny, slate, and charcoal, I still see God’s creation in all of it. I find God in nature, and God finds me there, too. 

Young Man Sitting Head in Hands Sad Despair Shame

“These Things” – Alma Condemns Spiritual Assault

September 10, 2019 |

It is credible, therefore, to infer that the “these things” he was referring to are in fact any activities that lead to others’ loss of faith. Alma would have his son and anyone within the sound of his voice understand that spiritual injury to others is comparable to physical violence.

God Loves Us Just the Way We Are

My Testimony: God Loves Us Queers

August 14, 2019 |

Line upon line, God taught me to be more comfortable with my queerness. Then, one miraculous day, I was ready to learn the greatest truth of all about my queerness.

Winter into Summer

Winter into Summer: Inevitable Change and the Need for Vigilance

May 7, 2019 |

Society is coming to the truth that gender and sexuality do not fit neatly into boxes, that they entail numerous gradations, that they may be fluid, and how individuals respond to their own gender and sexuality is really a matter of individual agency.

Man Shadow Reflection

In the Aftermath: Personal Reflections

April 6, 2019 |

I also view the present moment with the belief that God knows all, loves all, and will make all things right. I wish for some kind of reckoning in the here and now, but failing that, I believe an accounting will be had.

Gordon Hall at Harvard Medical School

True to the Universe

January 8, 2019 |

The things that still need settling no longer vex me. Instead, I am curious…intrigued and excited even. I am true to myself now, and true to the universe. Or at least truer to the universe. So I am confident in the flow of things. Life’s an adventure now, not a slog.

Photo of book, possibly the Bible, with a heart made from two pages.

Absolutely…NOT!

September 25, 2018 |

Absolutists don’t exist “in and of themselves.” As we come to the time of General Conference, we relativists need to listen carefully for those knife-edged messages that can slice the hearts of those most fragile among us and be vocal in saying, “I don’t think so.”

Man Looking into Mirror

I Have Worth and I Live According to my Worth

July 1, 2018 |

Each of us needs to transition from confusion and discomfort to wholeness and peace, where we realize that our queerness is an intrinsic part of our worth and say, “I have worth,” and live according to that worth.

Michael Haehnel

Finally, I understood what God was telling me: “You are okay, gay and all.”

April 10, 2018 |

I am unspeakably grateful that God has protected me and reclaimed me from my own homophobia. The Lord helped me hold on to this truth: that becoming fully myself was the best thing I could do for those I loved—only then could I give to others out of the abundance of God’s gifts to me.