Welcome to my blog

Thanks to my friend Wilfredo Benitez who continues to work his magic behind and in front of the camera!

After years of writing for other people and organizations, it makes sense to have somewhere to contain ones thoughts, hopes and inspiration.

The capstone at Bru na Boinne Ireland traces the movement and spirals of life by unknown artists 5000 years ago.

I hope these ruminations will feed the mind and soul and make sense of our journey together as I begin my retirement.  The past few months have given me time to paint and write more, spend time with friends and family and finally organize my blog! Thanks to everyone who share in this adventure!

There are a few past articles and sermons but the main focus of my blog in 2022 is to share a memoir that links the connection betwen art, activism and coming out. I am on target to write a chapter a week and publish it for friends and anyone interested in these connections.

I am also sharing my art, where most of my paintings came from a wonderful trip to Europe last summer and are for sale. Please contact me for reactions, comments and prices of something you are interested in or are thinking of commissioning.

I just framed the “Singel Amsterdam'” watercolor from 2018, and this is what most of the summer art willl look like in a 19×22 frame and mounted.

Singel Amsterdam 2018 watercolor is for sale. Check out the other paintings HERE.



Author: Albert J. Ogle

Albert Ogle was born in Belfast, N. Ireland and studied theology, education and art in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. He was ordained in the Anglican Church of Ireland where he served in two parishes and got heavily involved in the reconciliation movement. Exiled in 1980 for being in a gay relationship, he eventually moved to Los Angeles where he began ministry with high risk street youth through he Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center. During this time, he became very active in AIDS related ministry and designed the first AIDS plans for Los Angeles and California in the mid 1980's. The AIDS Service Center in Pasadena was the model envisioned and it served an eighth of LA county for over 25 years. Ogle became one of the first openly gay clergy in the Episcopal church and served in parishes in LA, Orange County, San Diego, new York and Philadelphia, where he now lives with his husband. He returned to Trinity College Dublin to complete a masters degree in international Peace Studies where a thesis on World Heritage Sites and reconciliation was later published (Returning to Places of Wounded Memory). He consulted for UNESCO's World Heritage Program and became interested in the sites associated with St Paul, founding the St. Paul's Reconciliation program that ended up working with the World Bank and US State Department on LGBT economic and human rights issues. He worked in several African and Caribbean countries where homosexuality is criminalized and the church remains one of the most critical forces of oppression. Ogle was made an honorary Canon of Los Angeles in 2002 for his international work and later in the Diocese of San Diego. He enjoys writing, travelling and painting and retired from active ministry in August 2021.