Friday, February 8, 2008

Lavender Lunch at Pacific School of Religion and Book Reading at St. John's Episcopal Church, San Francisco: Thank you!

On Thursday, February 7th, 2008, I had the honor of being at the Lavender Lunch at Pacific School of Religion (PSR) in Berkeley, and in the evening, after the Taize community worship, at St. John's Episcopal Church.  It was great to be in both of these venues, and a big thank you to those who came to the readings and book signings.

At PSR, I remembered a term I had heard before but not used: a young man called himself a Colager, which is taken from the group, COLAGE, Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere.  The young man kindly asked how my children had changed since I had come out publicly, realizing that as I came out of "the closet," so my children were now also out of the closet, in a very public manner.

At St. John's, we had a gathering of largely gay and lesbian parents, with a great discussion about the challenges we have all faced with being parents and parts of families in which our long term committed relationships are part of daily life.  The discussion of when normalcy and the exceptionality of being a gay or lesbian couple breaks through was fascinating.  On one hand, we who are in lesbian and gay committed relationships keep moving along, living life normally as out-people, but we are always surprised by the sudden road bump that emerges and jostles us in realizing how unique we still are in the American landscape.  

Thanks to both groups for hosting a reading and signing of the book ON BEING A GAY PARENT!



1 comment:

Andre said...

Dr. Brett Web- Mitchell; I have a few short points to add after reading this material.

As an ordained clergy you must spend time in the Bible and I am quite certain you have read the scriptures. I can add many scriptures but I will start with a few.
Genesis 1:26
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

What is image: Likeness and exact copy or representation.

What's one word we can relate to as God's image? HOLY

What is the meaning of HOLY? Godly,Sacred,Sacred Place,Purity, Set Apart,Sanctuary of Deity.

If we are made in God's Image and God is Holy are you relating to the fact that you are an exception to the creation of God or are you stating that God's Image and Holiness includes homosexuality?

In the spirit of holiness, another great scripture is in Leviticus 11:44-45. For I am the Lord your God: ye shall therfore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy: for I am holy: neither shall you defile yourselves with any manner of creeping things that creepeth upon the earth. For I am the Lord that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy for I am holy.

This scripture related to the instructions of clean and unclean foods. This instructions was given for the cleanliness of the body. The principles of this scripture holds a high validity today regarding separation of holiness and living unholy. It is the charge of Christians to clearly glorify God by living the commandments given by the Alpha and Omega. A few key words in the scriptures listed above:
1. Sanctify- Make clean; to purify
2. Defile- To soil; To stain; To desecrate; to be morally contaminated; to ruin; sodomite
3. Creepeth- to glide swiftly; crawl; to sneak in; (crept- to slip in secretly)

Homosexuality is not pure or does not relate to living in a sanctified manner. Defile is certainly a standard of living that has been outlined by the "LGBT" community. Creepeth is clearly one of the motives that the "LGBT" community is working hard to accomplish. It is known that the homosexual agenda are but not limited to actions such as Gay Marriage, Gay Adpotion rights, Gay Protections, Media time in movies and TV series; whether its a 15 second introduction and a long series. The goal is to quickly promote your lifestyle to convince the people to accept or adapt your immoral behavior.

Genesis 1: 27-28
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

And God blessed them, Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

This scripture clearly is an instruction from God to do the following:
1. Charged Male and Female to replenish. The charge given was to have many children; multiply and form family relationships. If God wanted a family to be formed by anything other than male and female, I believe at the very moment he would of outlined his plan for man. It is clear, this instruction was given to MALE AND FEMALE. If God wanted the "LGBT" community to have the rights of a family then it would be safe to assume that two women can be fruitful and multiply or two men would be able to be fruitful and multiply. The truth stands that men cannot conceive children and two women can not produce the necessary formula to conceive between themselves.

Also key not in this scripture. the word subdue. Subdue means to conquer. It is our jobs as Christians to be conquers over the works of the flesh and to overcome and defeat immoral behavior whether it relates to our own personal struggles or issues that contradicts the instructions of Jehovah.

Leviticus 18:22
Thou shall not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

What is the meaning of abomination:
To be a moral stench. Detestable or in other words a strong dislike; Sexual relationship with the same sex; Repugnant;Offensive

With this in mind Leviticus 18: Verse 24 states: Defile not yourselves in any of these things: for in all these nations are defiled which I cast out before you. Continue to Leviticus 18-29;
For whosever shall commit any of these abominations, even the souls that commits them shall be cut off from among their people.

Leviticus 19:1-2
And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Isreal, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy; for I the Lord your God am holy.

I say unto you; If you worship the God of the Bible, Our Alpha and Omega, the Author and Finisher of the Faith, The Holy One, The Way, Truth and Life--- YE SHALL BE HOLY; FOR THE LORD, YOUR GOD IS HOLY.

I call for you to follow Roman 12 verse 1-2. I BESEECH you therefore brethen, by the mercies of God, that ye presnt your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Dr. Brett Webb- Mitchell, I will leave my final thought to you and your followers:

To the LGBT People:
It is stated in 2 Chronicles 7-14
If my people, which are called by name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and then turn from their wicked ways: then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

St. John 3:16-17
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosever believeth in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world: but the world through him might be saved.

Romans 10 Verse 13
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

I offer to your community this day the Saving Power of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

I believe my comment can reach someone to offer a life changing experience and I know that God can deliver.