By Charis Bhagianathan
June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) Pride Month. In this, our second Pride issue honoring the LGBTQ+ community (find the previous issue here), we embark on a journey of understanding, inclusion and acceptance through Christ’s eyes, honoring the sacred worth of every individual.
By Keith Voets
In Do We Actually Want to Be Inclusive? Keith Voets leans on personal experience to describe why it is easier to place marginalized groups into neat boxes for the sake of comfort, rather than celebrating and inviting unique differences in individuals, all of whom are created in God’s image.
By Hannah Wilder
As humans and Christians, our vocal and emphatic support of queer people can not only have a positive impact on their lives but can also actually help them survive. In Gifts of Queerness, Hannah Wilder shares wisdom on queer theology, sexuality, and intentionally creating spaces for individuals to be accepted and celebrated as God’s children.
By Craig Bossi and Matt Foreman
In recent years, we have seen an unprecedented rise in anti-LGBTQ+ legislation, rhetoric and initiatives. In Silent No More, Craig Bossi and Matt Foreman raise questions that encourage us to reflect on how we as Christians and human beings will respond, not performatively but through positive action to support our LGBTQ+ siblings in their struggle for equity and respect.
By Bishop Deon Johnson
In the video presentation, Begin with Love, Bishop Deon Johnson calls us as followers of Christ to be visible, intentional and unequivocal in our support and love of all beloved children of God, and always to widen the circle of who is invited and included. This video is available with Spanish subtitles.
By Craig Bossi
These four offerings – two videos and two articles – are a reminder of the work to be done. We hope they speak of courage and belief for a world made more beautiful by these LGBTQ+ Christians and their commitment to a Church where all God’s children are loved and valued.
By Charis Bhagianathan
As individuals and communities, the best way we can tackle disasters is by being prepared. In this issue, hear from communities and individuals who share stories of preparation, care and hope.
By Bernadette Williams
Cuando la gente describe a Haití, siempre dice que es el país más pobre del mundo con la gente más resiliente. Anualmente, Haití tiene que enfrentar múltiples catástrofes naturales, como huracanes, terremotos, lluvias torrenciales y tormentas tropicales. Estos sucesos han tenido un gran impacto en el país, causando daños significativos a las infraestructuras, las viviendas y las empresas, y la pérdida generalizada de vidas humanas.
By Jen Adams
CPR training is a life-skill and a gift that any of us could be called to offer at any time. In Staying Alive, Jen Adams shares how the members and staff of Grace Episcopal Church in Holland, Michigan prioritized this life-saving learning to be there for their community and each other.
By Frances “Boo” Kay
Schools in our communities require a specific and focused disaster preparedness and recovery plan to ensure the safety of all involved. In Disaster Preparedness Takes Planning, Frances “Boo” Kay shares the preparations that can be made before an event, and ways to plan for recovery as well.