Queering Christianity: Finding a Place at the Table for LGBTQI Christians

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Grace Is Green: Green
Incarnational Inclusivities

Robert E. Shore-Goss

The killing of Mother Earth in our time is the number one ethical, spiri-
tual, and human issue of our planet.1

As the day approached for the dedication ceremony of Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) in the Valley’s solar panels, I received an email from an MCC Christian: “Forget solar panels, cling to Jesus.”2 I was bothered by the email message because it typically separated Christ and social responsibility for the Earth. It was indicative of many Christians within MCC but also a majority of Christians in most denominations who separate heaven and the Earth, giving priority value to heaven over the Earth.3 Going green is not within the educational, ministerial, or social justice perspectives of many Christian churches.

Yet as the reality of the 21st century, we are faced with an ecological disaster on this planet precipitated by human consumption, an ignorance of issues of planetary sustainability, global warming from increased carbon emissions while corporate lobbyists willfully create doubt about global warming, toxic pollution, attempts to gut environmental protections from the Environmental Protection Agency for short business gains, and so many other issues such as water shortages and climate refugees in the billions. Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truthand ABC’s graphic novel Earth 2100paint an apocalypse more real and horrific than we can imagine.4 In the often repeated mantra of Christian moral theologian Daniel Maguire, “if present trends continue, we will not.”5

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