The Reverend Jeffery A. Haskins

By Kennedy, Sean | The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine), November 8, 2005 | Go to article overview

The Reverend Jeffery A. Haskins


Kennedy, Sean, The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)


"God has no fury like a queen's fury!" shouts the Reverend Jeffery A. Haskins to the laughter of his congregation on a recent Sunday at the Unity Fellowship Church of New York. The 50year-old pastor tends to his largely LGBT flock, who meet in a run-down warehouse located in a gritty Brooklyn neighborhood. The church is a godsend to African-Americans who have been shunned from "mainstream" congregations because of their sexuality.

Your message seems to be that no one can deny us, as gay people, God's love. Is that essentially it?

Our theme is "God is love, and love is for everyone." That includes being a homosexual. God made me the way I am. God makes the garden with different flowers with different sizes, shapes, and forms. And he makes the human with different sizes, shapes, forms, and sexual preferences.

Is that the idea that God is perfect, so how can we be wrong?

We are made in the image and likeness of God. God is straight and God is gay. God is bisexual and God is white and God is black and God is handicapped and God is poor and God is rich. Everything that is manifested in the universe is of God. And for the longest, people have told us it wasn't. They told the blacks they weren't of God; they told the women they weren't of God; they told the Palestinians they weren't of God. Everybody passes judgment, but God is.

Clearly, social justice is part of the church's mission.

Well, that's the key: Social-justice ministry fights all forms of oppression. Oppression has been here since the beginning. The oppression of the Jews by the gentiles is the same fight; the oppression of the Jews by the Germans is the same fight. …

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