Our church is flawed. Our church is made up of people, and all people are equal parts loved and sinful. We live in a fallen world that is clenched by fear. We may not see the full inclusion of the whole spectrum of God’s children in our church this General Conference, or the next, or the next, or the next. That does not make you any less beloved by God.
For some, this conference season will be the last straw. Some of us who have been in this fight for so long are hurting and just want to be somewhere safe and accepting. If that is you, please go knowing that caring for yourself is important. Finding safety, love and acceptance is important. I pray that you find open hearts, open minds, and open doors in your new faith home. I pray that you bring all of yourself to that new place. Share all your gifts, talents, sorrows and joys in your new faith home. Thrive there and be a light for Christ, the one who liberates us all.
For some, this conference season will be the reason you recommit, and double down in this fight. Those of us that are too tired and too hurt to go on thank you. Please, keep pushing as long as you can. Even if our church schisms, I hope that any of us who can still find the strength to carry on will indeed do so. There will always be gay, queer, and gender-non-conforming folks in the Methodist church. Someone has to stay and let them know how loved they are, how precious they are, how sacred they are to God. I pray that you will help to create open hearts, open minds and open doors. As you keep fighting, do not let the church crush your spirit. Find rest and safe harbors where you can. You are not alone in this. You are desperately needed.