On this beautiful late spring weekend, as people around the nation begin celebrating pride for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer people, let’s pause. Let’s fill our lungs with the fresh morning air. Let’s rest in the embrace of this beloved community. Let’s rest in the embrace of all we hold Sacred. In the holy quiet of this moment let us contemplate our deepest sense of self. Let us contemplate who we feel called to be in the core of our being, how we feel called to present ourselves to the world, and how we feel called to love. Let us pray that no law, no religion, no government, no hatred, no bigotry, no sexism, no homophobia, no transphobia, no racism, no classism, no threat of violence in any form shall prevent us from responding to these callings.
And with this prayer fresh before us, let us be mindful that still too many people are persecuted and thus live with fear and panic and anxiety for outwardly proclaiming their love for a person of the same sex. And still too many people are persecuted, excluded, condemned for an outward expression of gender that does not fit neatly into our rigid categories of male and female. And still too many people are persecuted, marginalized, left out for crossing boundaries, for mixing categories, for blurring identities of race, nationality, class, religion and on and on and on.
Therefore, let us pray further that, in the midst of such oppression, we—all of us—together—shall continue to find the strength, the fortitude, the resilience, the heart, and the will to proclaim with pride that all our welcome! Love in all its forms matters! Families in all their forms matter! Difference is not to be feared! All may come as they are and enter into the company of peers and friends in search of truth and meaning!
Let us pray that we may find the strength, the fortitude, the resilience, the heart and the will to work and to struggle for justice and equality for all those who are persecuted simply for being true to themselves and proud of it. Let us find the strength, the fortitude, the resilience, the heart and the will to work for a world in which each may live according to the dictates of their heart; in which each may live a life consistent with the sense of self springing from the core of their being.
In all these endeavors may we feel confident in our principles and our goals. May we feel—dare I say it?—righteous in our conviction that love in all its forms matters. May we feel pride. May we feel pride. May we feel pride.
Amen and blessed be.