Dear Friends and Members of USSB,
It has been a hard weekend, processing the news about the terrible attack on the LGBTQ community in Orlando, Florida. I have seen many of you with tears in your eyes, but no words to express the pain, anger and grief caused by such an act of violence.
I have no words, either. I can think of nothing that has not already been said.
But our job now, as a progressive community of faith, is not to think up something new to say. Rather, we are here to repeat and affirm, as often as required, the truths that we lift up every week:
- Everyone is worthy of love.
- Love and compassion are the way forward – violence cannot be cured with more violence.
- We are connected – none of us are free until all of us are free.
- We are the ones responsible for building a better world – change happens when we take action.
Now is the time to recommit ourselves to being a beacon of welcome in our community. Now is the time to love extravagantly, to live boldly, and to refuse to be silenced by fear. Now is the time to channel our anger and grief into meaningful action.
Even before this most recent tragedy, several of you approached me to find out what we can do about gun violence. A series of events is being planned for August and September, so stay tuned for how you can get involved. We will also be hosting a USSB table at the Pride Festival on August 27 – contact Megan Moyer to sign up for a shift.
I am grateful for you, each and every one of you, and for this liberal religious home which teaches me how to love and live with more compassion, resilience, and joy, even in a world that breaks my heart.
Take care of yourselves, take care of each other, and may love be present with you wherever you may go.