I Lament

January 11, 2018

I lament 1988 but for the wrong reasons.


I lament those Education and Students Committees that squashed like bugs rainbow folk

and their allies because they proclaimed a Jubilee for diverse sexual expressions.


I lament the scrutiny under which the single, newly ordained and commissioned were put, because they might be “one of them”.  I lament that the Courts of the Church did not offer them support or sanctuary.


I lament the Presbyteries that clung to their comfort, misusing and abusing policies and procedures to crush those who sought a newer vision.  I lament those Courts of the Church that stood back and said, “but it is our polity” as another person was burnt at the stake.  I lament those persons who were spoiled and selfish, and I lament that they were not called on it.  I lament the leadership that abdicated its responsibility to love and said “there is nothing we can do” when there was everything they could do.  I lament the hypocrisy of love the sinner, hate the sin.  I lament that we still tolerate hate and injustice.  I lament the vision too many have the impression that our Church is uniformly progressive and loving.  I lament that fewer than ten percent of our congregations are Affirming.  I lament those who proclaim inclusion while living with exclusion. 


I lament because I must still lament.


~ Anonymous




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