As Advent approaches, we are excited to announce the arrival of What are you Waiting for?, a collaborative LGBTQIA+ Affirming Advent Devotional. Organizational leaders came together from the National LGBTQ Task Force, Disciples LGBTQ+ Alliance, Brethren Mennonite Council for LGBT Interests, the Open and Affirming Coalition of the United Church of Christ, Room for All, and Transmission Ministry Collective to build this resource as representatives of the Collective of Queer Christian Leaders.* Within this Advent devotional, we hope to subvert aspects of our traditions that bind us to prejudice and injustice, while offering grounding for the present and hope for the future.
We’re all waiting for different things at this holy time of year. There’s love, hope, peace, and joy, but there’s also wholeness, darkness, trans justice, ceasefire, truth, liberation... There is a short reflection by a member of our Collective or a song, prayer, poem or artwork for each day of the Advent season. We pray for all these longings, and more!
This resource is available as a PDF to our communities to download, print and distribute within your communities at no charge. You can also follow along on BMC’s facebook page beginning on the first Sunday of Advent, 12/3, 2023. To support this and future resources, we invite you to make a donation to BMC here!
Thank you for being with us. And now, we ask—What are you Waiting for?
*Our mission as a collective of organizational leaders is to combat white Christian Supremacy through centering Queer people and innovative collaboration. The Collective of Queer Christian Leaders (formerly the Welcoming Church Program Leaders) chose the term “Queer” recognizing its limitations, while also lifting up the multiplicities within this term: gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming, same-gender loving, intersex, asexual, and beyond. Similarly, the term “Christian” was chosen to reflect our work connected to this tradition, regardless of our individual identities and theologies.