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.
Religion and knowledge can work together to bring meaning to our lives. There shouldn’t be an adversarial relationship here. The more you know about your faith and the mechanics of the world can only make you a better person. It’s important to know that ones higher power has a lot to do with the chaos of creation.
This is inspired by the eulogy of a funeral I went to today.
To all my friends celebrating this holy day I wish you grace, peace, love and light. Have a great 8 days of fun and faith. Chag Sameach!
Water is something that cleanses and renews. From water life begins anew. Baptism in water can bring people to a relationship with God. I find peace in water in a place like my parish. Water is holy.