It’s not so much an island as an Archipelago

This year for Long Beach Pride I had decided that it was time to “come-out” as Catholic.  After many many years of struggle to find my place in the Church, I think I’ve arrived at a kind of, not truce, but genuine place of Peace. I bought a t-shirt basically announcing such.  The response I got was amazingly heart-warming.  I had a number of people comment on the shirt, or begin conversations with me about their spiritual journey and how difficult its been to find others, to find their sense of place, particularly within the Catholic Church.  It has been true for me as well that I have often felt like I was living on an island off the coast of an even larger island. 

LGBT Cathlic

Here’s the Truth though.  We as members of the LGBT community have unique gifts that we bring, gifts that the Church needs, particularly at a time in its history when she is suffering assaults about relevancy in this day and age.  We have always played a strong creative role, bought color to whatever community we are a part of.  People need a Faith community, they need to know God more in their daily lives as the God of Love, of friendship.  The God that journeys with them where they are at.  I know I do.  If I didn’t have this, my life would be about trying to fill it with things that do not satisfy.  I encourage you, wherever you are at in your Spiritual journey, wether that means you are Catholic, Evangelical, Pagan/Wiccan, Jewish or something or nothing at all, find community.  Find that place you can give of yourself, through feeding the hungry, volunteering your time and skills.  You will find in return you will have an invisible support for those times when along the journey when you need it most. 

There is a spirit of change blowing

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There is a Spirit of change happening in the Church. One of the reasons I started this blog was because as a gay Catholic I’ve always felt bit double minded, like so many of my brothers and sisters who have heard all of the very loud voices from within the Church telling me how much we’re NOT welcome but that still small voice in our heads would say “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of Eternal life” John 6:68 .  I have fortunately always been a bit deaf to the opinions of others.  One of my good friends and I got into a conversation years ago at one of our weekly after-work get togethers (for cocktails) on the Seattle waterfront. It radically altered my thinking about the Church. She said “Be the Change You want to See”. It made all the sense in the world to me and has stuck with me ever since.  This blog was started with this idea in mind and has recently relaunched.  I am hoping that it can become a place for those of us that still identify as Roman Catholic and Gay can form a community to share our experiences and ideas and get news. If you haven’t already please signup and of course follow on the usual suspects. Thanks and Blessings – Ken