Un Roble Amarillo found outside Ali’s B&B in Cupey, Puerto Rico

In a world where beauty standards often render so many of us, your beloved, as ugly,

Where racism, patriarchy, ableism, xenophobia, and homophobia would cause us to believe we don’t belong,

And success means upward mobility and towering over the more vulnerable,

Your creation reminds us that it is more than “okay” to be queer, it is beautiful. It is powerful. It is life-giving and life-affirming.

Thank you, God.

Amen.

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Rev. Dr. Marilyn Pagán-Banks (she/her/hers/ella) is a queer womanist freedom fighter gratefully (though not always gracefully) serving as executive director of A Just Harvest, Senior Pastor at San Lucas UCC, and adjunct professor at McCormick Theological Seminary. She is a joyful contributor in the newly released book “Words of Her Mouth: Psalms for the Struggle.”

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