BMC is consistently denied exhibit space at denominational events.
A close friend of mine was recently asked to wait 10 years for the Church to be ready for her to be an out lesbian and accepted in ministry.
Brethren and Mennonite listservs frequently opine that â€świthin a few generations, LGBT acceptance wonâ€™t even be an issue.â€ť
Denominational staff people have suggested that the youth and young adult population of todayâ€™s Church need not discuss LGBT issues, because being LGBT simply â€śisnâ€™t an issueâ€ť for that demographic.
For at least nine years, BMC volunteers have been sponsored by United Church of Christ Partners in Service and/or Lutheran Volunteer Service.
These are just a few reasons why I feel underwhelmed by the overwhelming sense of false support for LGBT individuals within the Brethren and
We have reached an interesting place in the Brethren and
Being an ally is a powerful identity. Being a good ally is even more powerful. I am frustrated and disappointed with the repeated experience of allies not exhibiting the kind of bravery necessary to create real change. How many of us belong to congregations who â€śsupportâ€ť LGBT individuals, but have yet to join the Supportive Communities Network and really come out to their denomination and local community? Granted, this is not an easy task. In fact, LGBT individuals face an enormous risk upon coming out to family, friends, and their congregations. Without facing this risk with courage, we would never see change. Allies also face a risk when choosing to stand up for equality and justice. Taking this risk is what creates an amazing ally. As Anais Nin stated, â€śâ€¦the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.â€ť What is stopping us from taking the risk of making our support public?
I call allies to action. Move your congregation to join the Supportive Communities Network. Speak up at meetings when the vote could easily be turned to a landmark victory for LGBT persons within the Church. Be that voice of dissent, unwilling to budge on issues of equality and justice. Remaining silently supportive is a detrimental act for the movement, and it is causing a great amount of hurt to individuals, families, and the church as a whole. Start the change. Do not allow yourself to relax and wait for equality and justice, because every day the chance for action passes us by. Most of all, stay committed to your beliefs when difficulties arise; for an ally is hardly an ally if they are unwilling to act.
We can no longer wait for a great revolution of change within the Brethren and