Monday, September 8, 2014

Interfaith Blessing from SunGay Brunch


I was honored to deliver an interfaith blessing following Bloomington Pride's SummerFest at the SunGay Brunch at Rachel's Cafe on Sunday, September 7, 2014.

My beloved gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, asexual and intersex friend and allies: 

I stand with you this morning, identifying, as one of you and this is the greatest gift given to me by God, the source of all being. I cherish with all of my heart, body, mind and spirit the privilege and honor it is to be a unique and beautiful creation. With God’s goodness, I affirm the diversity of sexualities and gender orientations found in this room and know that each and every one of you is beautiful, perfect and sacred. 

Matthew Fox, a Christian priest and interfaith leader, uses a wonderful metaphor to describe the relationship between God and the diversity of religions. Fox says that the Divine is like a great underground river and that each of the world’s religions digs its own well to tap into the beauty and power of the Divine.

I believe that cosmic love is no different. Love is the source and power of life flowing like a river beneath each one of us. It beckons us to tap into its power through our diverse sexualities and gender orientations. Love does not judge, but beckons each one of us to make use of its power in our own unique way, in a way that is caring of self and others. Love does not tell you how to share its beauty and power; rather it only asks that you do so honestly. 

Recognizing the diversity found within this holy space, let us, in a moment of silence ask for the blessing of God, life and love to be found in each one of us and in the food we receive. 

We ask this in the name of Divine Love, revealed to us in the faces of all those who have gathered together to celebrate with pride the beautiful multiplicity of creation and people-kind.  For God created all that is and was and ever will be and said: It is fabulous!

Amen. 

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