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We’ve got Marriage Equality, so why am I not satisfied?

Readings
Exodus 15.19-20; 16.1-3
Luke 15.1–3, 11b–32

Last Sunday we welcomed Pastor Alex Pittaway, who brought the message to us. Alex is Pastor of MCC, the Metropolitan Community Church in Brisbane—a church that has for 40 years been a safe haven for the LGBTIQ community. He is also recognised by the Uniting Church in Queensland as a Chaplain at Emmanuel College at the University of Queensland. Alex describes himself as a progressive evangelical and is passionate about Jesus, social justice, the environment and combating LGBTIQ bullying in schools.

It was a delight to have him with us. Here is his sermon:

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Good morning. Would you pray with me? 

I’d like to start by thanking Ariel and Rev. Paul Walton for this invitation to speak here this morning. You have a wonderful congregation that has shined the light of the inclusive Gospel of Jesus for so many years not just for the LBGTIQ community but anyone who has experienced marginalisation for so many years. 

This morning I’d like to share with you my own experiences about what it means to be part of the LGBTIQ community from a Christian perspective. I want to start by acknowledging my own limitations: I speak as an educated, privileged, anglo-saxon male who does not have to experience the realities of living as a person of colour or as a person with a diverse gender expression. Never the less I’d like to share some heartfelt experiences backed up with some solid research as we ponder what comes next for LGBTIQ inclusion now that marriage equality is a reality and that most legal discrimination against the LGBTIQ community is gone. We have never lived, in Australia at least, in a better time to be LGBTIQ. Yet why do I feel, despite all these advances, that something is not right. I don’t pretend to speak for the entire community, but I do want to speak for myself. 

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A time to trust

Sermon for 31 August ’08

Exodus 3.1-15

 

I thought I’d talk a little about two things today—something from the presbytery retreat Jenny T and I went to last week; and Moses.

One of the things we talked about on the retreat was transitions. That is, going through transitions, or through ‘in-between’ times and spaces.

Ancient explorers knew about in-between spaces. They’d have a map, and at its edge, the place in-between the known and the unknown, would be the words, Here be Dragons. Or the hero would have to cross a bridge—a clear in-between space—but guarding the bridge would be a guard to fight, or a wizard who would ask three riddles. You know, If you would pass by me, first you must answer these riddles three. If the hero were lucky, there’d merely be a three-headed dog or a fire-breathing dragon to slay.

Once you’ve stepped into this in-between space, the normal ways of operating no longer work; in fact, they are counter-productive. But you haven’t got to the new place yet. You don’t know what the house rules are in the new place, you only know you’ve left the old behind. And it can be scary.

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