Some time back, I received from a youth worker a packet of letters written by young people at a retreat. These letters were written to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), urging its people to open their arms to everyone, in particular LGBTIQ people. I asked permission to publish the letters, without the identities of the authors being revealed. I was given permission to use them in this way.
One of the emerging realities of the culture in which we live is the dawning awareness that young people—across the theological and political spectrum—overwhelmingly believe full acceptance of LGBTIQ people is self-evidently a good thing. At the same time, young people are leaving the church in droves—a significant number of them over the issue of the exclusion of LGBTIQ folks.
As it prepares to make big decisions at General Assembly about how it will include people at the table, it is important for the Disciples of Christ to hear the voice of its young people on this issue. Consequently, [D]mergent will be publishing one of these letters every Sunday morning from now through the month of May.
This letter is from the youth worker.