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Greater NW Pride: The Moral Arc Bending Towards Justice and LGBTQ+ People

Brett Webb-Mitchell

7/17/2019

  The Moral Arc of the Universe is Bending Towards Justice and LGBTQ+ People   Martin Luther King, Jr., once stated that, “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”    I was reminded of this quote as I read the current news regarding churches, denominations, and LGBTQ+ people. After the US Supreme Court ruled in the Obergefell v. Hodges landmark civil rights case, that we who are LGBTQ+ have the right to marry, guaranteed by both the Due Process Clause and the Equal...


Greater NW Pride: Stealing Rainbows

Brett Webb-Mitchell

7/12/2019

Stealing Rainbows   This past Wednesday, July 10, 2019, I met up with some United Methodists from the Vancouver-Camas, Washington area, to talk about issues confronting LGBTQI+ folks and straight allies in local Methodist congregations in light of the decision made during the specially called General Conference of The United Methodist Church in St. Louis, MO. It was a great conversation with two pastors from the area and lay leaders, some straight and others LGBTQ+. What struck out to me was ...


Greater PNW Pride: Godly Resistance!

Brett Webb-Mitchell

7/3/2019

  Godly Resistance!   At last month’s Annual Conference gathering of the Oregon-Idaho United Methodist Church Conference in Eugene, Oregon, there were people wearing t-shirts—including the Bishop—that quoted part of the baptismal covenant used within the UMC. The words that stand out on this shirt, in various rainbow colors, are “Resisting evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves.” The people wearing the shirts are saying that they are resisting evil, such as ...


Greater NW Pride: My Blood Is Wanted

Brett Webb-Mitchell

6/27/2019

My Blood is Wanted: The Red Cross, Giving Blood, HIV, and Being Gay   My blood is wanted.   To be more exact, in the last few days, a lesbian friend reminded me on Facebook about an opportunity to give blood to the Red Cross. She spoke about giving blood as one of the more noble causes and activities in her life. Giving blood is for a good purpose, namely saving the lives of others in need of blood. Giving blood is one of the ways we can fulfill what Jesus is calling us to do in loving one ...


Greater NW Pride: So Much Love!

Brett Webb-Mitchell

6/21/2019

“So Much Love!”   Last Saturday, June 15, 2019, I had an educational experience of being in two very different cultural contexts, both located on Interstate 5 in Oregon.  In the morning, I participated and observed the last day of Annual Conference of the Oregon-Idaho United Methodist Church (UMC) Conference in Eugene, Oregon. That afternoon, I drove north to Portland, OR to the festival area that was part of the Portland LGBTQ+ Pride festivities, participating in the parade the next day (June...


Greater NW Pride: Building a Better World, for God's Sake

Brett Webb-Mitchell

6/14/2019

Building a Better World, for God’s Sake   I write this blog post in the middle of the third day of the Annual Conference of the Oregon-Idaho United Methodist Church Conference (OR-ID UMC AC) in Eugene, Oregon.  It has been exciting to listen and watch to the changes afoot in this Conference as more out-LGBTQ+ people and people of color and allies are voicing their concerns while celebrating life. People are wearing their self-identity with rainbow buttons and t-shirts, “He/Him/His,” “...


Greater NW Pride: Happy Pride and Happy Pentecost!

Brett Webb-Mitchell

6/4/2019

Happy Pride and Happy Pentecost!   This coming Sunday is Pentecost, the day the Church celebrates the descending of the Spirit upon the earth. This was no ordinary event, by any stretch of the imagination! With Jesus having ascended into the heavens, there came not a quiet breeze, but the sound like the “rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where (the disciples_ were sitting.  Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them.  All of them ...


Greater NW Pride: Preferred Gender Pronouns and LGBTQ+ People in the Church

Brett Webb-Mitchell

5/30/2019

Preferred Gender Pronouns and LGBTQ+ People in the Church   When growing up in modern American society, I remember as a young adult—who was identifying as white, cisgender, straight, male at the time—I would get letters addressed and sent to me as “Mr. Brett Mitchell.” The young woman I was engaged to at the time would get letters addressed to her with “Miss.” When we got married in 1978, soon letters were sent and addressed to us as “Mr. and Mrs. Brett Mitchell.” As she pointed out to me that...


Greater NW Pride: Pride Parades and Your Church

Brett Webb-Mitchell

5/22/2019

Pride Parades and Your Church   This last weekend I was blessed and happy to be working with the great folks at First United Methodist Church, Ashland. On Sunday morning, as I was entering the church to preach, I spied a beautiful, big rainbow flag fluttering in the breeze attached to their front sign! The flag reminded me that the time is coming up for LGBTQ+ Pride Parades, often held in June, which is LGBTQ+ Pride Month in the USA.  And if you and your individual United Methodist Church want...


Children’s Literature, LGBTQ+, and Church

Brett Webb-Mitchell

5/14/2019

Children’s Literature, LGBTQ+, and Church               I am preparing for a trip to visit my granddaughter on the east coast in the coming weeks and started to shop around and see what I might bring with me in my new role as the grandfather who spoils his grandchildren. On one of the websites I scan daily, mombian.com, there was a new book that made me smile: A Plan for Pops! by Heather Smith and Brooke Kerrigan. It is one of the first gay grandparent books that I’ve seen publicized, and also...


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