By Bob Charves, CGS council member
In a recent time of reflection and meditation I was struck with some new thoughts. With June being the month the LGBTQIA community celebrates our Pride in who we are, many of us have spent years in the closet afraid of being rejected and mistreated. Many of us prayed that God would take away what makes us different, so we could be normal and accepted. Many of us were kicked out of church and put our seeking God on the back burner not knowing what to do with this longing to be in relationship with God.
During my preparation for Gay Pride I was troubled by the especially tough times suffered by the Trans community in the current climate of our country and world. It occurred to me that possibly the Trans community may better reflect who our God is than the rest of us. We worship a triune God. How can that be 3 in one? As we honor people who identify as trans we our encouraged to ask “what is your preferred pronoun: He she or they?” I have in the past struggled with getting used to referring to an individual as they. I did not object, it was just a new way of addressing someone that I was not used to. Now as I reflect on the Trinity I think maybe our pronoun should be they rather than he or she. Due to our male dominated language we often refer to God as “He”. This so limits our understanding of who God is. Maybe our God is more fully understood as “They”. Our Trans friends may better reflect the mystery of our God being more complex than the gender of the body they were born with.
Happy Pride month. May God bless you with a fuller understanding of who they are!!!