June 30, 2014 | 02:55 pm
Posted by Former WECC Minister Rev. Jes Kast

Queerly Beloved

“After the Pride march I now see that I can be gay and Christian; I am both! Thank you Collegiate Church!”

“I cried a lot today. The amount of love that I experienced at the Pride March was incredible. God is love!”

“I’m proud to love Jesus and I’m proud that I am a lesbian. God loves me!”

I am still riding the joy I felt from yesterday’s Pride March. Some of us were marching as members of the LGBTQ communities and some of us as straight allies in solidarity. Our message, inspired by Jesus, “Love. Period.” Seven clergy from the Collegiate Churches marched in pride, some of us straight and some of us members of the LGBTQ communities.  Clergy, parishioners, believers, wanderers, pilgrims of faith in Christ who say “Yes, you can be gay and Christian!” We marched our faith. Our feet were our prayers. Our voices were the benedictions of God’s love.  The Gospel Choir sang as the Steppers danced. It was a picture of the heavenly courts.

Yesterday in worship we focused on Psalm 150, the anthem of praise to our God. I felt like we were living Psalm 150 as we marched. We were dancing, we were praising, we were singing, we were blessing, we were holding our heads up high in pride knowing we are “queerly beloved.” As Lady Gaga says, we were born this way. No one, no one can take away our beloved status. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, straight, and trans* -- beloved image bearers of God our Creator.

So, dear beloveds of God, hold your head up high in pride throughout the year. You are a gorgeous creation of God. And let us continue to share this love we have found in Christ with others. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, let our message of hope be clear, Love. Period.