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

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Coming to the Table in Leather

Lea Brown

For the past 16 years I have served in ordained ministry within the context of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC). During these years within MCC I have gained great respect for the breadth, depth, diversity, and transformational power of two forces that profoundly shape and impact our lives: human sexuality and spirituality. In the lives of the people in the churches I have served I have seen how sexuality and spirituality can bring great joy, pleasure, healing, energy, compassion, and personal growth when they are allowed to exist and complement one another in a unified way in our bodies and lives. I have watched gay men and lesbian women cry uncontrollably during their initial MCC worship services when they hear for the first time that they don’t have to choose between their sexual orientation and their relationship with God. I have seen transgender folk come into their own power in MCC as they hear the affirming message that they, too, are created in the image of the Divine. I have seen joy on the faces of members of the leather community in worship services where the colors of the leather flag are present on the Communion table, and where congregants wearing leather are leading the service. I have felt indescribable vitality and spiritual energy swell in a church sanctuary filled with the singing of all kinds of voices: polyamorous voices, BDSM voices, bisexual and pansexual voices, lesbian and gay voices, monogamous voices, heterosexual voices, single voices, married voices, and transgender voices. I have watched lives change in very positive ways and deep spiritual wounds heal when people hear and receive the message, in church, from the pulpit, and at the Communion table,

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