Last night the Equally Blessed pilgirms and friends gathered for a workshop on LGBTQI spirituality & Catholic identity. The standing room only crowd laughed, cried, applauded, and reflected together on what it means to live on the margins yet embrace our faith and who God created us to be. Some memorable lines from the panlists:
I’ve come back to my faith as a gender-queer Catholic. It’s been a long journey.
Catholicism was all about social justice – that is my primary orientation to this day.
How do we speak the truth with love?
I call on the Mercy Sisters to reclaim their identity and make this (firing of an LGBT person) right.
The piece that has given me the greatest amount of hope is the Catholic laity.
We now have a glimpse of what it would be like for Catholicism to be rooted in all our humanity.
It’s about showing up – showing up to build the reign of God.
We will not cease blowing and whispering in people’s ears until we see inclusion and justice.
Yes, we protest. But its really about bearing witness to something greater than ourselves.
Surround yourself with saints. Sometimes, you have to be creative.
We are the Church and we can be that for one another.
What does it mean to be a good LGBTQI ally?
Trans folks of color are the ones on the front lines.
Thank you to all our amazing panelists for a wonderful evening of conversation & dialogue! Thank you to all who came out to support a more inclusive Church!
For pictures of the evening’s program, click here.