Religion that fails to adapt to cultural shifts will soon meet it’s irrelevance. Cultural prejudice does nothing but keep people from the divine. Love should rule the day and love is always love.
As a person of faith I believe God made us all in His image and to bully someone for being who God made them to be is wrong. LGBTQ folks have a right to happiness and the blessings of their creator. Some of my best friends are people of faith who happen to be a member of the LGBTQ community. I stand with them for being awesome people. Love is Love.
The right to religious freedom ends where religion is being used as an excuse to harm other people.
Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg
You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope…Thomas Merton
Fred Rogers who was known as Mr. Rogers sang to children of all ages “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” for years on his show Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. It’s a classic reminder of a call to friendship.
Who are our neighbors? Well everyone you meet. It’s more than the people who live around where you live. It’s important we understand that because it makes the world our neighborhood.
In my faith loving your neighbor as yourself is a serious thing. Offering people grace and kindness can be a tall order because there are some folks you like and a few you don’t like so offering them both love can be a challenge. We can be exhausted in being nice but it’s worth it.
My friends you are my neighbor just for visiting my blog. Liking my posts and commenting on them are a plus. For me, treating you all with kindness and being nice is something i’m hard wired to do. It’s also an extension of my extending grace to everyone. I do believe there are some who needs more grace and kindness because their lives have been tough.
Thank you for being my neighbor.
I thought God wanted to use me to show gay people how to be straight. Instead God used gay people to show me how to be Christian. Rachel Held Evans
Fear and hate breeds terrible things. Hope and faith can create beauty. So why do we hold on to fear so tightly?
As a former member of the United Methodist Church I am watching with care the proceedings at the called General Conference in St. Louis, Missouri regarding issues of sexuality and the denomination. This is not a easy time for the children of Wesley but its a time for decisions to be made for the future of their denomination. I support the inclusion, full participation and full access to sacramental rites of LGBTQ believers as I do in The Episcopal Church.
It is time that bold moves to build bridges, create opportunities and help everyone become a part of the life of the community of saints. There is opposition to inclusion and I realize that but I implore a spirit of openness, love and grace be upon those who will be leading this important conversation.