The three hardest words for me to tell myself were: “I’m a lesbian.”
I (along with the millions of other children around my age) was bombarded with the notion of a man and a woman, the prince and the princess. I didn’t even know what it meant to be gay until I was ten years old. That was in 2004.
"Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?"(Luke 24:32)
My relationship with the Catholic Church has been a tricky one, to say the least.
It has been joyous, uplifting and sometimes even humorous. It has also been intimidating, unwelcoming and downright scary. But through it all, being Catholic has always meant something very special to me. Yet when I came out thirty years ago, things changed.
I remember the day I first felt righteous indignation spark deep within my soul about how gays and lesbians were treated in the Seventh-day Adventist church, the denomination my family has been a part of (often in leadership roles) for five generations.
In a stunningly eloquent theological statement, Rev. Steve Chalke, a prominent evangelical Christian leader in the United Kingdom, has announced his support of same-sex relationships. Click through to read his entire statement, but here are a few of the highlights: