God, it seems so clear that you must love diversity. You give us a thousand kinds of cacti, fish of all sizes and shapes, bugs of every fantastical design… why would we ever think it should be different with people? Why did we ever think we shouldn’t take pride in who we are? Not the… Read More
As Alicia T. Crosby reminded RevGals last week, the first pride was a riot. In her beautiful description of being a barrier between hate speech and pride celebrations, Crosby asks us about how we assure safe space for LGBTQ+ folx: How are you positioning yourself between people experiencing oppression and those calling for and actively… Read More
How are you positioning yourself between people experiencing oppression and those calling for and actively engaging in their subjugation? How are you reflecting and affirming the sacred beauty present in those experiencing marginalization?
I ask these questions because I think it’s necessary for us to consider how we are physically, materially, and politically oriented as ministers of the Gospel of Jesus. Read More
Holy One, Today I was reminded again what I keep forgetting. That this kind of Pride, the Pride for which we march, the Pride we celebrate, has an opposite, too. This Pride’s opposite is not humility, it is shame. So we gather and we march and we revel not because we lack humility. But because we stand… Read More
On the Sunday of the Pulse nightclub shooting last year, I was preaching at my home church. (I am not the primary pastor.) I am a Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) pastor, so the shooting could not go unremarked in our worship that day in 2016. I breathed deeply, prayed hard, and did the best I… Read More
Holy One, We who fit in just pink or blue Are finding You in the rainbow of love’s expressions. We who have been comfortable in our binary lives Are learning the beauty of others’ realities. We have failed to listen, Lord. We have failed to welcome them. We have failed to speak up when they… Read More