LDS efforts to build bridges in Berkeley after Proposition 8

by | Jul. 12, 2010

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Imagine: A room filled to overflowing with LDS Church members there to listen to several gay and lesbian people speak of their spiritual journeys--Pentecostal, Roman Catholic, Seventh-day Adventist, Jewish, Religious Scientist, Quaker, Unitarian Universalist, LDS--and most importantly what their marriage or other relationship means to them.

Imagine: Mormons and gay people (and Mormon gay people) sharing hymnals and singing "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God" as an opening hymn and "All Creatures of our God and King" as a closing hymn.

Imagine: An invocation intoned by a shining African-American gay man, praying that the meeting would be filled with "love and fellowship, and that we might all be changed for the better," and a benediction pronounced by a devoted Mormon, thanking our Heavenly Father for "the warmth and light we have shared, the love and spirit of gentleness we have felt here as thy children," praying for those who have been cast out and rejected, and asking for a blessing "as we continue the important work begun this night."

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