This post is part of the Queer Theology Synchroblog. It was written on the occasion of the United Church of Christ's 28th annual synod. It is a guest post written by Christians for Justice Action.
Imagine What’s Really Possible…
A Vision of the Next Four Years in the United Church of Christ
“So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”
- Revelation 3:16
Here at the 28th Synod, we’ve been asked to imagine what’s possible. We’ve been asked to go beyond figuring out how to grow, and to ask what are we growing for? In the years ahead, we face difficult challenges if we are to survive, and though the questions are easy, the answers are not. Leonard Pitts challenges us “to make headlines for social justice," and indeed, if we are to be faithful to the Gospel, remain viable in the marketplace of ideas, and provide bold spiritual leadership to future generations of believers, Christians for Justice Action suggests that a radical new self-definition is called for.
So in the spirit of imagining bold new futures, we ask all of you: what if we became leaner, smaller, but more excited, and more awake? What if we framed an even deeper theology of prophetic witness, and true justice action? Specifically (let’s say, over the next four years) we see a future…
…in which all our churches are Open & Affirming. [The statement in UCC churches that says that all people are welcome regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. ed.]
…in which we focus our attention on churches that will and do give to the
…in which “God is Still Speaking,” in all our communities of faith.
Why? Because we believe that we’re the one church that actually gets the Biblical mandate of hospitality right. Because we believe we need to feed energy to where we are strong and vital and growing. Because we believe we can no longer afford to be lukewarm.
So what if we faced the future unafraid, without compromising who we are and what we stand for? What if we were willing to face our death head-on in order to find real life? What if all of us who quietly agree with this kind of future, no longer buried it with our doubts and fears, but lifted it up with our greatest hopes?
We’d love to know what you think. Reflect on it, pray on it, and to any or all of you who are moved by this vision, please to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on the CJA Facebook page. We’ll be back to you with your reactions within the next two months.
Christians for Justice Action (CJA)
Here are the list of participants:
Shay writes Queer Theology Synchroblog home.
Brian writes "Why Queer Liberation Must Be Queer Led"
Cindi writes Queer Theology From a Reluctantly Queer Theologian
Gabe writes The Queerness of Christ: And over Or
Christians for Justice Action write "Imagine the Possibilities Four Years From Now".
Darrel writes "Queer Theology: Outside the Box" at the Blog of the Grateful Bear.
Ken writes Queer Theology.
Peterson writes Lazarus Come Out!
Mike writes Queer Theology Synchroblog #SCEP.
Cindy writes Creative Differences in the Image of God (this link opens a PDF)
Jules writes Being Queerly Forward
Vince writes Loving Promiscuously: A Queer Theology of Doing It
Alison writes Why I'm Queer Too
Sonnie writes God Made Me Queer
Ellen writes Through A Glass Queerly