A World Wide Hope

This week Archbishops from around the whole world (known as the Primates) have been gathering in London to discuss current events, including the churches’ response to sexuality. Together, the conservative groups and more liberal groups prayed, hoped and talked. From the outside, it brought ME hope to see such a gathering of prayers being brought to God from good hearts with different ideas of how those prayers would be answered. Together inside and outside, we spoke, “Your kingdom come, your will be done…”

In the communique released at the end of the week (full message here), I read these statements:

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“The Primates condemned homophobic prejudice and violence and resolved to work together to offer pastoral care and loving service irrespective of sexual orientation. This conviction arises out of our discipleship of Jesus Christ. The Primates reaffirmed their rejection of criminal sanctions against same-sex attracted people.

The Primates recognise that the Christian church and within it the Anglican Communion have often acted in a way towards people on the basis of their sexual orientation that has caused deep hurt. Where this has happened they express their profound sorrow and affirm again that God’s love for every human being is the same, regardless of their sexuality, and that the church should never by its actions give any other impression.”

YES!

It’s a step (a huge step) towards inclusion of gay, lesbian, bi and transgendered people, and sends a message of HOPE to all those who are struggling no matter their backgrounds. I admire the humility of those who have acknowledged the sorrow. I am thankful for the determination to do better. I am overjoyed to hear the Primates remind us that God’s love for every human being is the same, regardless.

Yes, there’s more to be done and said. There are still a lot of questions regarding the consequences faced by the Episcopal Church for jumping ahead with inclusion. There are a lot of unanswered questions of practice. “What is Homophobia?”, “How will the church offer pastoral care?”, “What does it look like to live out the repentance acknowledged here in words?”, “How will the church ensure that it’s actions do not suggest once again that God hates LGBTI people?”

Questions aside for a moment. Let’s give credit where credit is due: To God. To the Primates for their courage and bravery and humility. And to everyone across the world who has been praying, “Your will be done…”

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From death to life (a look back)

I’m having one of those days that you get near Christmas where the nostalgia takes over and you are drawn back to the beginning of the year, exploring the good and the bad, the happy and the sad.

My year started quite literally in tears.

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Advent, Abram and a hope for the future

Morning, below is a little reflection that I put together as part of an LGBT Christian Advent Calender. I wanted to share it here too, because I feel it’s a hopeful start to the Christmas season.

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Today we’re looking back to look forward. Jesus is coming, and coming soon, but in the meantime, let’s pop back in time to Genesis and check in on his ancient ancestor Abram.

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The Forgetting Point (Addiction, Fantasy, Freedom)

There’s a moment in every addiction where you cross over into an imaginary world in which everything is okay. You don’t have to exist in your world any more and the problems that you have created or that have been created for you….they blur. The hard edges of everything blurr and you, too, blurrr for a moment, into an alternate version of the person who you are and who you can be.

It’s one of the main purposes of addiction (I think), to hit that sweet spot, the Forgetting Point.

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That Awkward Waiting Bit

Here’s a quick thought on That Awkward Waiting Bit.

You’ve been there. We all have. Waiting. Waiting for news, waiting for your birthday, waiting for your dreams to come in or waiting for test results. Sometimes we are waiting for summer only to immediately start waiting for winter when summer arrives.

Waiting is not easy.

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Why The Book is Not Enough…

“You are HIS follower, but we follow Moses.”

I was thinking about this quote yesterday as I heard a clip from an interview I recorded earlier this year. I hadn’t thought about my interview answers for a while, but it popped into my news feed, so I listened. One of the things I said was, “In the past, I didn’t know how to listen to God. I only knew what was written in the Bible…”

Knowing what’s written in the Bible is a great start on the journey to find the heart of God. Where else COULD we start? The Book IS the very word of God, but is it not God. I used to read this verse from Hebrews out of context, “Lo, I come in the volume of the book…”. My assumption was that in the volume of the book I would find everything about Him.

After all, He’s a God who writes things down.

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