It is wonderful, delightful even, to have a community who hold a variety of opinions coming together to worship God, and to fellowship. Yet, it is only good when these opinions are to do with things that do not directly marginalise people. Let's talk about universalism, biblical inerrancy, predestination, you name it, 'til the cows come home. Some opponents suggest that it is detrimental to be in a vacuous church where everyone has the same views. I would propose that for queer people, it is safer to be in a vacuous church than in one where they are deemed sinful by people in the congregation.
Limitations are in all of us. You, and me, both humans, and undoubtably distinct from one another. The diversity within humanity is acute; gender, sexuality, autism, personality, intellect. Every human being is made in the image of God, yet we are all uniquely different. The fullness of God is never displayed fully in any of... Continue Reading →
Take my hand… let us dance together. Warm my aching bones with your breath. Encourage me, revive me, come dance with me again. For I am tired, you see? And I am in need. This child dreams of being rescued. Pick me up and help me to twirl, then perhaps I will have the energy... Continue Reading →
It started with our inbuilt yearning for justice. It began with hearing an idea which made sense. It began with pain. Knowing God desired liberation and we 'happened' to be the ones bearing the brunt of the church's resistance to justice. It moved on to a fear: speak and be hurt, questioned, isolated. Or, stay... Continue Reading →
A twinge and a tug, covered in blood. Insides racing, sorrow and love amalgamating. This fear and petrification, buried in God's consolation. Vying for domination, a war goes on. This battle for self- recognition. Neither backs down, yet neither can win for they exist within one another. A quest for justice and liberation; for tradition... Continue Reading →
I forgive you. I forgive the evil within you, that which is not your fault, but your forebearers. That which may not even be their fault but a product of humanity's maturing. I forgive the ignorance, that which although mainly willful, came from fear. I forgive the 'therapy' you gave to your victims, contributing to... Continue Reading →
Your worth defines you. "What do you do?" They ask me. "What is your job?" They inquire. "Who are you?" They mean. What you do is who you are, it signifies your worth, your value. When their drones deposit bombs on civilians they ask, what worth do these people have? Are they government officials or... Continue Reading →
We nearly always approach those who are different to us with hesitation and withhold our trust and vulnerability from them. Whilst occasionally this is wise, it is also often rooted in our assumption that our beliefs and way of doing things is 'right' and that which is different is either confusing (and thus we are wary) or it is downright 'wrong' ...When our initial approach to those who are different to us is with fear, suspicion, and inflexibility, it no doubt results in us criticizing them, rationalising their behaviour, and withdrawing from them in order to cope with our feelings of frustration, confusion, tension, and embarassment. This in turn results in our feeling alienated and isolated.
....instigated the long, painful yet necessary process, of my evaluating which parts of my worldview are holy and which are lies that my culture has propogated. Intrinsic to this, and arguably more important has been my wrestling with who God really is - what is true, and what are the christian cultural lies that I have automatically believed?