Happy Pride Month, CPCUCC!
I am grateful to be part of a faith community that believes we are each made in God’s image; adored for who we are, not despite it. I sometimes think about how God is the ultimate queer icon. Too playful for binaries; too loving for division; too creative for narrow-minded world views. I mean, God invented rainbows, after all!
In the words of Queen Mother Lady Gaga herself, “I’m beautiful in my way/’Cause God makes no mistakes/I’m on the right track/Baby I was born this way.” When Gaga later commands, “Don’t be a drag/Just be a queen” I can’t help but see God working through her. Playful, loving, and extravagantly welcoming.
In another sacred text, John 13:34, Jesus gives us a new commandment, and it’s quite simple. “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” The more love I experience with God, the more love I feel compelled to experience with others. I see God in Pride. I see Jesus in Stonewall. I see the Holy Spirit in our church community. May we practice what we preach and may we each find a slice of the kindom of heaven this month in the virtual pews and the rainbow-lined streets.
Below is a poem by the Reverend M. Barclay. The poem was written for and published by Enfleshed, an organization that creates powerful liturgies for collective liberation.
God is queer
non-conforming to norms that destroy;
breaking open new possibilities
through flesh entangled,
and brave acts of collective courage;
and persisting through struggle together;
and reaching out to isolated kin;
less “this or that”
and more “multilayered, multidimensional, and complex.”
and beyond definition;
the love between strangers and sheets,
the love that lasts for lifetimes,
the love that begets love;
resists white supremacy,
and all its deadening lies,
and desire to control and confine;
loyal to love, lovers, beloveds,
even when it’s all on the line;
hurtful when spit from the mouth of hate,
but sometimes still also a lighthouse,
a history of holy uprising,
and a coming home from within.
Questions to Ponder:
- Where do you see God working in your life?
- Where do you see God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit in Pride?
- What can you do to live out our new commandment this month?
In peace and community and the Gospel of Gaga and John,