We are a diverse community with varied backgrounds, cultures, theologies and denominations, drawn together through our love of Christ and our belief that every LGBTQIA person, indeed, every person is a beloved child of God. Learn More >
Religion and faith are neither inherently “good” nor “bad”. Religion and faith are powers to be used responsibly. As a pastor I am not opposed to religion. I am a student of Christianity and our neighbors of many faiths. As a pastor it is my duty, privilege, and calling to actively resist violence, especially violence done in the name of religion.
Shame was burgeoning throughout my body like a viral disease because I thought my version of ‘God is Love’ and gender nonconformity were inherently damaged. But while I tried to smite out the authenticity that produced my shame, I was in fact compounding my shame. In fact, the more intensely I embraced shame, the more convinced I was paying an appropriate penance unto God. Needless to say, I was fixing the wrong mechanism with the wrong remedy.
In the Fall of 2017, we asked for your opinions. We were in the middle of our transition as a community and you shared your thoughts and concerns. From that incredible feedback we were able to identify aspects you felt to be imperatives for the future of Q Christian Fellowship. Most importantly, we heard you asking for Q Christian to help empower the lives of LGBTQIA Christians.
it started with grief. it started with the grief that comes from a recent loss steeling yourself for the reminders that sneak up on you. preparing for how different your life is going to be now, the new normal of grief.
Over the course of 16 years, this organization has lived beyond its name; inviting everyone under the LGBTQIA umbrella to come together and encounter Jesus. At Conference last year, Justin Lee announced from the stage that GCN would change its name to reflect the inclusivity and diversity of our community.
I needed to locate people who understood this strange tight rope walk, people who shared my faith. People who loved Jesus. People who wouldn’t judge or demean my precious daughter… and who wouldn’t judge me or label me a hater because of my personal spiritual struggle.