Pastor’s Corner 6/23/19

Beloved,
 

On this Big Sky Pride weekend in Helena, I give thanks for the loving hearts, welcoming spirits and open doors of HUMM in the St. Paul’s and Covenant churches.

Perhaps y’all have gotten used to being inclusive and hospitable… doing things like cheering at parades, rainbowingup church steps and offering “Free Mom/Dad Hugs”. But take it from me, this is still a BIG DEAL to those who have not received such gifts of grace from church people previously… or infrequently enough to be moved to tears by the experience.

The culture we live in is not universally accepting, much less inclusive. Just this week on my Facebook feed, a Trans friend had a “neighbor” unleash their dog to attack her while screaming obscenities at her whole family. She literally does not feel safe in her own home, much less on the streets of her community.

Perhaps your relationship circles fall somewhere between the polarities of hugs and hate. Most of us are not 100% on the same page with everyone we know and love. Wherever you find yourself on the spectrum of LGBTQ acceptance and inclusion, I invite you to consider how you can put more love, more grace, more compassion into conversations and situations that start to get sticky. How can YOU be love-in-action with those who need your witness… and need to see you loving ALL your neighbors.

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.” (I John 4:7)
 
Margaret