Monday, June 29, 2009

Gay Pride as a Christian Event

In this fourth installment of The Wild Reed’s special Gay Pride 2009 series of posts, I share an excerpt from a 2001 reflection by Gordon Johnson that was read as the communion meditation yesterday at the Spirit of St. Stephen’s Catholic Community in Minneapolis.


The “pride” in Gay Pride is pride in telling the truth; telling the truth about our lives and our selves. It is pride in standing up to centuries of lies and oppression and refusing to let darkness win. It means exposing and forgiving the oppression of the Christian past. It is proudly telling the truth about our relationships, our intimate love, and thus telling the truth about God.

Hmmm . . . love, truth-telling, forgiving . . . all of a sudden, Gay Pride is starting to sound like a very Christian event!

- Gordon Johnson

For previous posts in this series, see:
A Mother’s Request to President Obama: Full Equality for My Gay Son
Marriage Equality in Massachusetts: Five Years On
It Shouldn’t Matter. Except it Does: John Corvino Reflects on the Coming Out of Adam Lambert

See also the related Wild Reed posts:
Celebrating Our Sanctifying Truth
Truth Telling: The Greatest of Sins in a Dysfunctional Church
Comprehending the “Fullness of Truth”
The Triumph of Love: An Easter Reflection
Dan Furmansky: “Why We Have Pride”

Images: Michael J. Bayly.

1 comment:

kevin57 said...

The Pride Parade in Chicago was fun and wonderful. Picture perfect day, too!