August 17, 2024

Oh. My. God.

Grr...I have been out of town for the past few days working at a conference in Philadelphia, and due to US Airways SNAFUs including broken down planes, missing pilots, and the catch-all excuse of "bad weather", I didn't get home to my apartment until almost 3:30 am this morning...and I have a meeting this afternoon, so pardon me if the tone in what I am about to say comes across as a little shrill and crabby (which will no doubt be interpreted by my detractors as evidence of a lingering wound for having fallen out of a god's graces that might easily be healed through a nice long shower in divine light er something)...

A commenter wrote,

Yes, the ELCA's pronouncements as of late have been particularily disappointing. I expected better from the church I was baptized and confirmed in.

I can't say my experiences were as traumatic as yours. you have a right to be angry. I have experienced encouraging words from the pulpit, but indeed they are lukewarm in comparison to the words that have come from my current church, the United Church of Christ, which just approved a resolution in support of full marriage rights at their national synod.

Now, I can understand that perhaps my sarcasm was lost in my earlier post, but I want to make it clear...I'm super happy to be a godless heathen! I feel more enlightened! Breaking with the church I had been attending was one of the most liberating--in fact, the single most liberating thing--that has ever happened to me.

The funny thing is, it wasn't that traumatic. I had a lot more traumatic shit going on then (perhaps most traumatic of all was the fact that my boyfriend at the time was kind of a brat and when you're that age that's waaay more traumatic than whether or not 'god' 'loves' you. It was a simple, obvious split, a doublethink resolving itself to the more rational, logical, healthier option. Consider it this way...I love a boy, my church hates boys who love boys. 2 + 2 = 4 or 2+ 2 = 2,340. It was like a voice in my head said, "you can't go on accepting both equations as true. So, what's it going to be?" I obviously chose the best one.

And yeah, I could have shopped around for another church that offered a better moral bargain for me. But I never was a coupon clipper.

This makes so no sense doesn't it? Blame US Airways, not a lingering trauma.

Posted by jason at August 17, 2024 11:23 AM
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