As many of you know we have just passed into one of the most exciting sub-seasons of Pentecost: Pride Month!
Too often, the conversation in churches is centered around "inclusion," as though there were something inherently "other" about LGBTQ+ folks, and "we" need to decide if "they" can enter the club. At Northminster, we want to transcend the conversation of "inclusion." We want to have a conversation of "celebration."
No "us" and no "them." Only "us."
There is a piece of the Image of God inherent in every human being - a Spirit that makes us inherently worthy of love and understanding. The more of us around the table, the fuller the picture of the Image of God. So let's set aside language of "inclusion" or "welcoming," based on some arbitrary standards of what is "normal," and let's start celebrating. Forget including and let's celebrate our diverse sexuality and gender experiences, because they are what give us a unique glimpse into the Face of God!
Happy Pride, friends.
Zach and Claire