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Visit to an Affirming Church

 

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Altar.stmaryredcliffe.arp“. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Been pretty busy lately, hiking and all, but I did finally decide to visit a church.  I figured it was time for me to visit an affirming church because at least at an affirming church I would not be subject to cheap shots from the pulpit aimed at drumming up support by slamming the LGBTQ people who certainly wouldn’t be willingly sitting at that church.  I figured that most churches that are affirming don’t actually preach sermons about gay people, so even though I haven’t exactly figured out what my beliefs are, I would be pretty comfortable there.  The list of affirming churches in my community is not very long, so I compiled the list and began to debate which one I should visit first.  Many of the churches on the list were very different from churches I had attended in the past.  Most were Episcopal.  I knew Episcopal churches would feature liturgy and some different ways of doing things so I did some googling to see what I would be in for.  Yes yes, I do my homework before darkening the door of any unknown church.  After much debate, I picked one.  Thinking it probably wouldn’t be the place I would end up, but they are hosting an event that looks interesting (read progressive) and so I felt it would be a safe place to figure out how to navigate an Episcopal service before I visit a place I might actually want to join.  What I found there shocked me.

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An Introduction to Gay Christians

There are gay Christians out there.  They are actually Christians who read the whole Bible and pray and practice spiritual disciplines.  There are people who take the Bible pretty seriously and support gay relationships (committed, monogamous gay relationships usually) .   Gay Christians aren’t dancing around naked wearing beads and holding a Bible that consists of 2 verses.  I had no idea.  What can I say, I live in really conservative circles.  No one talks about gay Christians and when they do they portray them as the antichrist – evil people who have completely turned the Bible on end to suit their own purposes.  That’s what I thought when I first saw this post.  The image I had in my head involved snapshots I’ve seen from pride parades plus tacky crosses.  I didn’t read the post for a while, but finally my curiosity got the best of me.

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