LETTING THE SPIRIT SPEAK:
MEMBERS SHARE THEIR STORIES
CHRISTIAN AND GAY: ONE DISCIPLE’S EXPERIENCE
Every June, our congregation celebrates the glory of our diverse and welcoming God with an LGBT Pride Month celebration during Worship — then gathers on our front lawn for our annual Community Picnic. On this Sunday, BPC’s Ed Haralson (pictured below) shared his struggles as a gay Christian across the decades — and the healing that comes from being honest.
On this Pentecost-Pride-Picnic Sunday, I have the honor of sharing a bit of my journey with you.
Let me start with middle school, when I realized I was a boy who liked boys, although I didn’t understand what all that meant. In high school, I fell in love with God. But in order in order to love God, I realized I couldn’t be a boy who liked boys. So I learned how to embrace a lie-
BLACK IN AMERICA: ONE DISCIPLE’S EXPERIENCE
During African-American History Month, BPC’s Rob Rivers (pictured below with Rev. Chuck) shared the following powerfulpersonal witness in Worship.
I want to begin with a disclaimer: By no means do the views expressed represent the official views of Bethesda Presbyterian Church, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) or represent a collective voice of what other Black males in their mid-30s think. Rather, these are my heartfelt convictions and thoughts as we go through this month of both remembrance and recognition for the accomplishments of Blacks in America during Black History Month.
During the Season of Advent (the four weeks prior to Christmas), BPC member and professional conductor Vicki Gau (shown below with her daughter) shared in Worship her response to the question, “What Does Advent Mean to Me?”
Spiritual leaders on our Session (church board) and new members alike have been asked to share during Worship their response to this question: “What does Bethesda Presbyterian Church mean to me?”
When asked to think about what BPC means to me, what came to mind was the FCC. No I am not talking about the Federal Communication Commission but rather a different of F-C-C. For me this church and my involvement with it are about Three Core Things … FAITH, COMMUNITY, and our COMMITMENT
Members of our spiritual leadership, the Session (church board), have shared with the congregation their lived responses to the following two questions: “Where and how have I noticed God working in my life? and, What difference does it make that I am a Christian?” Two of them are featured below …
Where and how have I noticed God working in my life? I would have to answer, “Always actively.”