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Where can you go on Sunday morning to hear a call to action, a quote by Martin Luther King, a chorus singing The Impossible Dream from Man of La Mancha, a live version of The Rose, and a final quote by Harvey Fierstein

Sunday morning??? Where can you go on Friday or Saturday night to hear a performance like that? 15 of us attended service at MCC this Sunday. We started by standing and saluting our own singing Elf aka Kevin and then listened to one of the most rousing calls to service I’ve ever heard. If you’re looking to find inspiration and camraderie in a gay and HIV friendly….. actually friendly isn’t the right word. The pastor at MCC is gay and HIV positive. He doesn’t just tolerate us or even just accept us, he embraces us because he’s one of us.

“Yesterday a congressional representative from Arizona was shot. In fact, 18 people in Tucson were shot. At least 1/3 of them died. There is so much hatred, so much intolerance in our society. We have work to do.

In Broward County, there are people who don’t have enough to eat. We have work to do.

Our environment is assaulted by greed and apathy every day. We have work to do.

LBGT and questioning teens continue to fear they have no place to turn, nowhere to be accepted and affirmed, and they continue in desperation to face isolation, abuse, and even self-harm. We have work to do.

Even in our own community, misogyny rears its ugly head, racism (including the ways people are eroticized for their race) remains largely unaddressed, and tragic ignorance about gender identity and bisexuality remains almost epidemic. We have work to do.

Addiction ravishes our community and decades into the crisis, people are still contracting HIV. We have more work to do.

Marriage equality is not a universal reality in this country. We have work to do.

Same-gender loving people in Jamaica, Nigeria, and Uganda risk death every single day simply for being who they are We have work to do.

MLK said “How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust? A just law is a [human]-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law. Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust. All segregation statutes are unjust because segregation distorts the soul and damages the personality. It gives the segregator a false sense of superiority and the segregated a false sense of inferiority. Segregation, to use the terminology of the Jewish philosopher Martin Buber, substitutes an ‘I-it’ relationship for an ‘I-thou’ relationship and ends up relegating persons to the status of things. Hence segregation is not only politically, economically and sociologically unsound, it is morally wrong and awful.”

Harvey Fierstein: “I do believe we’re all connected. I do believe in positive energy. I do believe in the power of prayer. I do believe in putting good out into the world. And I believe in taking care of one another.”

Come join us some Sunday. We go to the 10:30 service and sit up front on the left side.
-Steve

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