Questions for the PresbyMEME:
As you know, I’m a Minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and we have been debating the role and inclusion of LGBTQ persons since the early 1970’s. Unfortunately, while this conversation has centered around who get’s to serve as leaders in the church, we have not had deep conversations about human sexuality, the diversity of sexual orientations (both historically and today), gender identity, gender expression, and those who are born with ambiguous genitalia, (who, a generation ago were just assigned a gender, but who, today are given more and more freedom to choose their gender identity).
I was fortunate enough to explore these questions in the safety of a seminary education and a diverse congregation whose loved ones stand up to include them. I feel blessed to be better prepared to offer pastoral care that is more informed having learned from my LGBTQ siblings about their lives, hopes and dreams, their chosen families, and the blessing it is to be able to claim one’s identity for themselves. If our church has any hope of living into our calling to be the Beloved Community, we have a long way to go. My hope, as a husband, as a father, as a pastor, as a board member of More Light Presbyterians, is that we Presbyterians could be the family we say we are. I have yet to see it, though I work and pray for such a kin-dom.
Thanks to Bruce Reyes-Chow for the invitation to participate in this meme. You can see other, better responses at: http://www.reyes-chow.com/2010/11/presbyterian-church-usa-amendment-10-a.html