I grew up in the church and prayed the sinner's prayer at least a dozen times between age six and sixth grade. As someone who grew up in the church, I'm sure I'm not alone in wondering how much my life has been shaped by my parents' religion. With a different upbringing, I might have gravitated toward other friends and activities.
I confess I have sinned against you in thought, word and deed;
By what I have done and by what I have left undone.
I have not loved you with my whole heart.
I have not loved my neighbor as my self.
Last week, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby (pictured middle above), laid the mass murders of Christians at the feet of same-gender married couples and Americans:
Until recently, I had never really thought about being straight—if you asked me who I was, I would tell you I was someone who adored books, talked a lot, wanted to move to Europe, and enjoyed gourmet cooking long before I even thought to mention that I liked boys.
I experience straight privilege—I am allowed to have a life, not a "lifestyle."
I remember a conversation I had soon after I left the monastery. I'd been a monk in a Roman Catholic religious order for a few years, and once I was back in the real world, a family member asked me what I wanted to do with my life. “I guess I’d like to be a writer,” I told him. “That’s wonderful, great to hear it! So what are you going to do about money in the mean time?”
Despite their denomination's policy against gays and lesbians, people of faith from all over California and neighboring states will be celebrating a "Season of Love" this coming May—a call for acts of love and support for full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people in The United Methodist Church.