The Revd Ed Bacon, Rector of All Saints Church Pasadena, apparently stunned Oprah Winfrey in a recent appearance on her show by declaring that being gay is a gift from God.
He was invited back to elaborate on what he meant. “I meant exactly what I said. It is so important for every human being to understand that he or she is a gift from God, and particularly people who are marginalized and victimized in our culture. Gay and lesbian people are clearly outcasts in many areas of our life and it’s so important for them to understand that when God made them, God said you are good.”
Changing Attitude joins Ed Bacon in declaring “Being gay is a gift from God.”
Our sexuality is one of the most powerful and enriching gifts from God to every human being. It is a gift to be lived into, explored and celebrated. Parts of the Anglican Communion are obsessed with our sexual identity and what we do sexually. It adds to people’s neuroses, guilt and anxieties about their sexuality and intimate relationships rather than affirming the good and holy in people and resourcing them to live more deeply loving and faithful lives.
All Saints Pasadena, where Revd Susan Russell, President of Integrity USA is on the staff, models what Changing Attitude is working to achieve in the Church of England – the blessing of lesbian and gay relationships and Civil Partnerships, in church, in public, with an authorised liturgy, by the parish priest, as an integral part of the congregation’s pastoral ministry.