As a gay man who is also a faith filled believer in my Higher Power who I call Jesus Christ it makes me smile when I read your writings! We are blessed to have an advocate in you who reminds everybody that LGBTQ individuals can be and are Christians. Not only that, we tend to be more loving and forgiving than our heterosexual Christian counterparts often are.
The Portland Convention Center became such sacred space for me this weekend.
As a pastor, walking into Christian conferences and into large rooms with people singing songs of praise to God is nothing new. In fact if I’m honest, over the years I’ve become somewhat jaded and apathetic and tired by gatherings that have so often felt like showy bits of religious entertainment, with Jesus being used simply to push product and manipulate people and build buildings.
This time was different. This was no show. This was The Church, as true and raw and desperate for God as I’ve ever experienced it.
The massive conference room was filled with 1,500 people, most of them LGBT Christians, along with their children…
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