It is good to be here at FPCSA on this Pride Sunday – on the Sunday after the Supreme Court’s decision holding that same-gender couples have the fundamental constitutional right to marry. Just like everyone else.
It is good to be here in this congregation – where you have worked so hard for the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people and our families – in the full life of the church and in the world — where you have done so much so that we – so that I – might freely serve in the church – where you have loved us and our families and affirmed our marriages and our ministries. It is good beyond words to stand with you here in worship this morning. Thank you.
And, it is good to be here with you – dear friends – in this incredibly painful week – as our nation continues to reel from the terrorist attack at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston – as we continue to mourn the deaths of 9 remarkable, loving, faithful people – and as we are left with the task of at long last doing something about the raw and gaping wound of racism that has plagued this Nation since its founding. When we face times like this, and challenges like these, it is good to be together.