Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Blogging for LGBT Families

I don't often mention my church in this blog, but it features a prominent role in what I want to say today about LGBT families. I remember the first year I attended the church I now love. It's a United Methodist church and I was very interested in finding out this church's position on all things gay!

The first thing I noticed was that there were gay people everywhere. They were reading the Scripture, collecting the offering, sitting in front of and behind me, ushering people to their seats, giving communion, directing the choir, singing in the choir and occasionally, preaching the sermon.

After a while, I began to get the idea that it was safe to bring my son, that he would not be getting the message here that there was anything wrong with his family.

Then, I watched my very first infant baptism with two dads! When I see them with their daughter in church, and on Facebook, I marvel at how she’s growing and I often remember how moved I was in that moment, watching their family experience her baptism and then seeing her be welcomed by the entire church.

My church welcomes LGBT families. And when I'm there, I see LGBT families being treated like all the other families. Loved just as much, befriended just as well as the straight ones.

And that’s what I want to say today about LGBT families. We are just as worthy of love, welcome and support. Just like any other family.

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Lemonpuss said...

My sister came out in college, I came out 10 years later. My parents responded by chairing the Open and Accepting committee at their church, and they haven't stopped since.

I found you via Mombian, and look forward to catching up with your back posts.


Jeanine @DressingMyTruth said...

Hi Nora! That's so wonderful that you both had that kind of support from your parents, and that your church responded so well.

I'm glad you found my blog!


Leanne Chesser said...

Absolutely, Jeanine. I totally agree. Your church is a wonderful example of how it should be, I think. Thanks for sharing. Your post brought tears to my eyes.

Jeanine Byers Hoag said...

Hi Leanne! Thank *you* for sharing that my post moved you.

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