About

My name is Bob Lawrence.  I am an out, gay, progressive ordained minister in the United Church of Christ denomination.  I am a native Californian (SF Bay Area) who now resides in Tulsa, OK.

This blog contains my stories about life in Oklahoma from a fringe perspective.

Claiming my new home in Oklahoma, I chose the title of this blog from the musical “Oklahoma!” and the song “Surrey With the Fringe on Top.”  Although the song is about decorative fringe work on a coach, I choose to use fringe as a metaphor for my life.  As a member of fringe communities in Oklahoma (native Californian, queer, progressive Christian, “process” theologian, and “queer” theologian), I have come to understand not only the inherent beauty of being “fringe”, but also the ways in which fringe accents and draws attention to the everyday.  I hope to do the same with this blog.

I trust you will enjoy this shared journey in my surrey with the fringe on top.

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