This letter was originally sent out to our congregation on September 23, 2015.
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
I write to you with good news. As many of you know this summer I attended a weeklong workshop called, “Building a Vocal Community.” For one week I was immersed in the story, history and music of African and African American people. While I have always felt an affinity toward gospel and spiritual styles of music, there was a special longing in my heart when I sang songs about the struggle for freedom. Freedom is coming, oh yes I know! It struck a chord in my heart. That’s when I began to realize that it was time for me to come out publicly to you, my church family, about my sexual identity: I am not straight.
I am at the anniversary of an almost ten year struggle with accepting myself as “not straight” and I am pleased to finally not feel shame in claiming my truth. Read more →
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