Queerituality (queer + spirituality) is a club on Stanford’s campus that Geoff Browning (UCCM) connected me with. Two of the students and I met for coffee and ended up talking for almost two hours! One of the students, Nate, grew up a Mormon and struggled with his sexuality and faith from an early age; Chris was a Presbyterian who recently came out to his parents, which hasn’t been easy. I was able to share some of my own story, which further connected us on multiple levels. They invited me back to join their club meetings with intrigue in the vision of progressive Christianity I was sharing in our conversation. I am prayerful that doors like this continue to open!
A similar thirst for a progressive spirituality has come up multiple times in my adventures around the city. In meeting with people of all different backgrounds, religions, creeds and colors, I’m finding a shared longing for an alternative to church-as-we-know-it. This month I’m going to begin organizing and connecting these friends together to hopefully find common ground for mutual friendship. Pray that these friendships might blossom into a larger community of questioners, seekers, provocateurs, and saints.
I am also excited to announce a Mission Trip opportunity for our older students to serve victims still suffering from Katrina in New Orleans. Hosted by YOUTHQUAKE and American Baptist Home Mission Society, we will be joining a few youth groups in our Evergreen region! I also hope to involve my friend Rev. Morgan Clark and her youth group in Skype conversations prior to the trip to help further our relationship with the community we will be serving.
There is much to celebrate and much to look forward to; may God bless our shared ministry!