Reverend Jide Macaulay is the theologian and spiritual leader behind the House of Rainbow, a welcoming and affirming community for LGBTQ people and our allies alike to join in the celebration of their faith. Reconciling our sexuality and our faith, though, is hard work. I, like many, spent years praying the gay away and have only just begun the long journey towards forgiveness. We discuss the misinterpretation of the Word, his own journey towards reconciliation and his message for those of us who have been harmed, emotionally and physically, at the hands of those who weaponised God's words against us. He argues that reconciliation is possible, but to do so, we have to let go: let go of the beliefs we internalised about who we are; let go of the pain that prevents us from rekindling our relationship to God; and let go of words God never said himself.
@RevJide and the @HouseofRainbow are committed to helping LGBTQ people reconcile their faith and their sexuality and to leading a light-filled path to a closer and deeper relationship with God. Find out more at houseofrainbow.org.
This conversation is just the beginning. After our recording, Rev. Jide and I began discussing future conversations. There is so much to unpack. If you have unanswered questions or firsthand accounts you'd like included in future conversations between Rev. Jide and me, please get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to poet Ben Donkor (@FR314) and our friends at Here for It (@HereforItPod) for contributing to this conversation with their lived experiences and unanswered questions. We may not find resolution here, we may stand by our decisions to leave the Church, but what's important is that we begin the conversation. Pain has never been reconciled by ignoring it. I hope you'll both continue to feed into this essential conversation.
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