Gregory Stevens

Pastor Gregory Says… (5/4/16)

Gregory StevensWe had a great Quarterly Business meeting last week – if you were not able to attend please read the minutes Hugh Satterlee recorded. They highlight the good stuff! In the meeting one of the projects I focused most of my attention on is starting a queer community group on Stanford’s campus with UCCM and off campus for our surrounding neighborhoods (Redwood City, Menlo Park, Sunnyvale etc.). This work began with networking and has progressed to online web development, fund development for a campus presence, and a video project with our current high school students.

Why Queer?

One of the hardest parts about coming out gay was knowing other people would always judge me: especially Christians. When I gently kiss my boyfriend in public I get harassed. When I wear an outfit that is “too feminine” I get made fun of. When I walk, talk, or sing in a way that is “too feminine” I get called out. When I post “gay” things on Facebook I’m quick to hear about it from my Christian friends. And I must admit to having it very easy: I’m a tall, blonde, white guy, with a good education and a great job. I cannot imagine being poor trans* person of color trying to navigate this harsh world while also trying to express their true self. What I can imagine is Jesus comforting and exalting oppressed queer people to their rightful place of equality among all beings. I can imagine Jesus standing in solidarity with the queer people today because Jesus stood in solidarity with 1st century queers: women and Samaritans. In seeking to create a queer community here in Palo Alto and on Stanford’s campus I hope to create sanctuary for anyone and everyone who identifies Queer: Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Straight but not Narrow, Asexual, Two-Spirited, Pan-sexual, Intersex, and all other variations of sexuality that the church has historically said NO to. It is time to reclaim our sexualities, for in doing so we reclaim our bodies, the Body, Christ’s Body. In reclaiming our sexuality we reclaim the Church as the Body of Christ ready to transform the world with Love.

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