By Daniel Borgen, PQ Monthly
Because, you know, sometimes we need rays of sunshine and hope in the midst of all of these unbelievably insane goings-on. (See: Scott Walker wanting to eliminate same-sex hospital visitation and this misguided pastor calling for gays to be put to death.)
Time to remind ourselves that sometimes the bigots are just louder. And for every bigot, there are handfuls of people like Dr. Brooks Berndt, pastor of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Vancouver. That church marched (yes, marched) 116 miles to Olympia to show their support for same-sex marriage equality. Berndt: “In a time when others want to go backward, we want to go forward. We want to bear public witness in favor of the freedom to marry.”
The church also ordered yard signs for congregants to put in front of their homes. They say: “my church supports marriage equality.” The signs arrived this past Monday, mere hours before same-sex marriage opponents announced they have enough votes to qualify a referendum seeking to overturn Washington’s new marriage equality law–the one signed into law this past February.
The Rev. Tara Wilkins, Executive Director of the Community of Welcoming Congregations, recently said: “People of faith across the state believe that committed couples should have the freedom to marry the person they love. Rev. Berndt’s congregation is stating publicly what more and more congregations affirm.”
Berndt’s church will also host a free screening of the documentary “For The Bible Tells Me So” on Sunday, June 16th at 7pm–a documentary that challenges the ways in which the Christian right’s loudest voices misuse and abuse Biblical principles. It also shows Christian families responding to their queer children.
In the midst of all the ugly, anti-gay noise, it’s certainly refreshing to see some religious leaders standing up for what’s right–and fair.