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Encyclopedia > Malcolm Boyd

Malcolm Boyd is an American minister, activist, spoken-word artist, and author.

Boyd became known as “The Espresso Priest” for his religiously-themed poetry-reading sessions at the “Hungry i” nightclub in San Francisco. Boyd went on to become a prominent white clergyman in the American Civil Rights Movement. In 1977 he came out of the closet becoming the most prominent Gay clergy person to come out. He is the author of over 25 books. The Hungry i was a legendary San Francisco nightclub operated in the late 1950s and early 1960s by Enrico Banducci at 599 Jackson Street in the North Beach district. ... The term San Francisco Renaissance is used as a global designation for a range of poetic activity centred around that city and which brought it to prominence as a hub of the American poetic avant-garde. ... Martin Luther King is perhaps most famous for his I Have a Dream speech, given in front of the Lincoln Memorial during the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom The Civil Rights Movement refers to a set of noted events and reform movements in the United States aimed... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... Coming out of the closet (very often shortened to coming out in winking reference to the public introduction of debutantes) describes the voluntary public announcement of ones sexual orientation, sexual attractions, gender identity, or (less commonly) paraphilia. ... The expression being in the closet has been used to describe keeping secret ones sexual behavior or orientation, most commonly homosexuality or bisexuality, but also including transgender and transsexual people, paedophiles, and pederasts. ...

He lives in Los Angeles, California with his long-time partner, the gay activist and author Mark Thompson. BBC director-general Mark Thompson Mark Thompson (born July 31, 1957) is Director-General of the BBC, and a former chief executive of Channel 4. ...

Boyd serves on the Advisory Board of White Crane Journal a magazine of gay culture and wisdom. For fifteen years White Crane has existed as a quarterly forum for exploring and enhancing gay spirituality, wisdom & culture. ...

Spoken-word work

Some of Boyd’s poetry was recorded. One example is “Prayers to swing with the times, featuring Malcolm Boyd.”

This album contains twenty-six tracks on two sides, each track one minute long and individually grooved so that you have to manually lift the needle between tracks — this was intentional: the tracks were meant to be played in place of commercials and public service announcements on the radio. (From the liner notes: “Suggestions which may be obvious to you after you’ve listened to this record: program five of these spots together in a kind of Malcolm Boyd happening. Think about it.”) A public service announcement (PSA) or community service announcement (CSA) is a non-commercial advertisement, typically on radio or television, broadcast for the public good. ... Liner notes are the booklets which come inserted into the compact disc jewel case or any sound recording container. ...

Each track on side one starts out with an instrumental, somewhat muzakesque version of a (once) popular song, perhaps by The Beatles or The Monkees or The Tijuana Brass. This quickly fades to the background and the announcement “This is Malcolm Boyd” warns the listener what is ahead. The factual accuracy of this article is disputed. ... The Beatles were a pop and rock music group from Liverpool, England, who continue to be held in the very highest regard for their artistic achievements, their huge commercial success, and their ground-breaking role in the history of popular music. ... The Monkees in 1967 (left to right): Michael Nesmith, Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork The Monkees were a four-man musical band created to be the stars of an American television series of the same name, which ran on NBC from 1966 to 1968. ... Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass debut album, The Lonely Bull. ...

Next comes a prayer that is read as though it were a prose poem — sort of a Susan Polis Schutz meets Robert Schuller thing. Lots of stuff on the general theme of “oh Lord, why is life so hard, why is love fleeting, why does winter inevitably follow spring, must I get out of bed in the morning, why can't we all just get along?” Prose poetry is prose that breaks some of the normal rules of prose discourse for heightened imagery or emotional effect. ... Susan Polis Schutz is an American author of poetry and a very successful greeting cards producer. ... Robert Harold Schuller (born September 16, 1926) is an American televangelist known around the world through his weekly broadcast The Hour of Power. ...

As the liner notes put it: “It is a language that belongs to our young people today about the things young people think and worry about and concern themselves with.”

The poem ends and another voice announces that “this has been a public service of this station and the Episcopal Church.” Then the music comes back to the forefront for a second or two before the track fades out. The Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Washington DC is the National Cathedral of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. ...


Boyd is the author or editor of more than 30 books. His latest work is a collection of essays entitled, In Times Like These: How We Pray, which includes commentary about prayer by a wide variety of contributors.

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Malcolm Boyd (1374 words)
Malcolm Boyd illustrates his understanding of the nature of prayer in this provocative collection.
You’ll resonate with Boyd as he exposes his fears and failures, his joys and his love through these prayers.
Aware that at least thirty percent of the Catholic and Episcopal clergy is gay, Father Boyd issues a challenge to the Christian churches, proclaiming the absolute demands of spiritual honesty and compassion, and revealing the rich insights the gay experience teaches about the God of love.
Malcolm Boyd - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (463 words)
Boyd became known as “The Espresso Priest” for his religiously-themed poetry-reading sessions at the “Hungry i” nightclub in San Francisco.
Boyd went on to become a prominent white clergyman in the American Civil Rights Movement.
Boyd serves on the Advisory Board of White Crane Journal a magazine of gay culture and wisdom.
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