The 24 year old True Colors annual conference took place on March 17 and 18 and the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. It was wonderful to be among 2,000 LGBTQ high school and college youths from across Connecticut and the region in a place that was welcoming, affirming and joyous. My spirit was renewed by the gift of their energy and zeal. I was moved by the stories of the kids as they struggled to find a place of welcome in the world and their parents as many of them struggled to do the right thing at the right time for them.
The Council of Elders of the interfaith congregation of Mercy Junction approved this statement at its meeting on Saturday evening, March 4, committing itself to providing sanctuary to those in danger, and to resisting and disobeying unjust laws.
Love. God’s wondrous blessing and greatest gift. God’s love for us is liberating, it gives us the courage to do Her work in Her broken and imperfect and marvelous creation. God’s love for us is humbling, we can never be worthy of it. God’s Love is comforting, it is unconditional.
Love. Ephesians 1:4 tells us that God gave us love even before creating the world “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love.”
The Calvinist tradition of public engagement is part of the historic self-understanding of Presbyterians. From a Presbyterian perspective, our faith demands that we take our responsibility as citizens seriously and involve ourselves in the public affairs of our community, our nation, and the world.