I have the honor of speaking at the Shower of Stoles project as part of All Saints Episcopal Church’s celebration of Pride Week. October 11, 2017, 6:30-8 p.m.
I first sent my stole to the Shower of Stoles in the 90’s. For those of you unfamiliar with the project, it is a collection of stoles (you know, those things preachers wear over their robes that often follow the liturgical season) donated by lesbians and gay men who sought ordination or were already ordained but remained closeted. Each stole comes with a brief story of the one who donated. Many are anonymous. Viewing the kaleidoscope of colors and the uniqueness of each story is sometimes sad, sometimes triumphant, always moving.
The struggle for LGBT folks to serve in the church is long, arduous… and,frankly, not over yet. We’ve made a lot of progress and these stoles represent the lives and work, the persistence and the resistance of many faithful folks who experienced a call to ministry contrary to their church’s teaching.
I am one of those people. I lived through a time when I had to find a way to make sense of this blasted called and what it meant for me to be faithful. This week I get to tell the story of my stole, my call, my struggle to be faithful, and the grace I splash around in.
I’m focusing on resistance in my talk because the times we live in require much of us. These stoles remind us of the power of resistance. Sharing the stories inspires us for the work of justice. And, perhaps most of all, these stoles and their stories give us hope for the future.
Come let these stoles bear witness and listen to the story I have to tell. Hope to see you there!