From Glennon Doyle: Church May Reject You - God Celebrates You
Tonight, the United Methodist Church – the third-largest religious institution in the US – voted to double-down its opposition to marriage between children of God who are queer; and voted to reinforce its prohibition against children of God who are queer serving as clergy.
On this night, this is what I need all of you to hear:
God did not kick you out of the church tonight, Loves.
Tonight, the church kicked God out of church.
Being rejected by church is not the same as being rejected by God.
God is not church.
God is not religion.
The gatekeepers of institutions are not God.
(But they are often desperate defenders of their own relevance.)
God loves you more than any institution God created for you: This means God loves you more than the toxic denomination in which you find yourself or the abusive marriage in which you find yourself.
When you need to go, you GO, and you take God and God’s Love right with you.
When religious folks decide they love any institution more than the individual souls inside those institutions—they’re missing the mark.
Not only is church not God, but church does not officially represent God, either. There is no one church that represents God. If you still want church—you can have one. There are churches all over the place that already have places set for you at their table. Be welcomed home to a church that does not just tolerate you, but celebrates you.
Also this: During the 3-day Methodist conference, many LGBTQI+ clergy members and congregants stood courageously – in the image of God – to proclaim and defend the full divinity of all queer children of God. Many ally ministers – under the threat of defrocking – did the same. We send deep gratitude and admiration to these love warriors. If the moral arc of the church bends toward all God’s children, it will be because of your righteousness.