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

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7
Reinterpreting Baptism:
An Ongoing Dialogue

Bryce E. Rich

What if we could see baptism as inclusively as we see communion, and
really made it our own, got comfortable with it, reinterpreted it with the
authority and power with which we celebrate communion week after week?1

In 2006 UFMCC Moderator Nancy Wilson preached a sermon in which she called our denomination to a dialogue around our understandings of baptism:

Wouldn’t it be wonderful and amazing if in MCC we were able to have
discussions about spirituality and what we believe about baptism and other
things in safe spaces in our local churches, at our Regional Gatherings, at
Conferences? What if we deliberately created safe spaces where we did not
judge each other, or try to “convert” each other to our point of view, but
where we just listened and learned and allowed ourselves to be amazed at
the depth and breadth of our feelings and thoughts about our faith—so
that it might unite us more than it divides us?2

The following essay is offered in the spirit of fostering just such a discussion.

Members of Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) are drawn from practically every corner of the Church, bringing with us a wide array of beliefs and teachings concerning the nature and function of baptism. For this reason any discussion around reinterpreting baptism would profit from an overview of the rich foundational heritage that continues to inform our development on a number of levels.

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