Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Sometimes things are little bizzare

I spent 3 hours this morning on coffee row checking in with people after yesterday's meeting. I came home and went on line to check out the newspaper article people were referring to. I found that I had actually read it last night after I got home.

But in the process of finding the article I linked to a previous article. In the column on the side, which listed related articles was this link: "This may be your year to paint your bedroom purple." Go figure.

Love and Prayers,
Ann Marie


Yvonne Kennedy said...

I've read through your whole blog, but don't really understand why you got into the homosexuality issue so deeply. I mean, most priests keep pretty quiet about it. What called you to become so involved?

Ann Marie said...

Good morning Yvonne,

It's a hard question to answer because there are many factors. I suppose the major one would be that my parents are social activists. My father is an Anglican priest - now retired. Both he and Mom brought me up to speak for those without a voice. Neither of them backed down from what they saw as injustice.

I have always spoken up for justice. Even as a child in school I was considered to have attitude and be one of the trouble makers - usually because I had spoken out quite strongly when I perceived an injustice being done. It didn't matter who it was - I remember having it out with my vice-principal in the middle of the hallway.

One of my colleagues asked me a similar question to yours last year. My simple answer is - how can I not speak out? How can I stay quiet when I believe so strongly - with almost every fiber of my being - that the way we have treated our GLBT brothers and sisters is nothing short of injustice.

I was brought up on the social justice gospel and my understanding of God has ever been one of amazing compassion and reaching out to those that are marginalized by society and especially by the religious institutions of the times. I consider that I am following in the best footsteps of all time - Jesus Christ, my Lord and Saviour, God Incarnate, prompting me and calling me to reach to all his loved ones as he did.

I would rather suffer any consequences I might encounter (and I really haven't encounter a lot of negative ones - I have received a lot of positive ones) than live with the regret that Jesus called me to speak out and I didn't.

I hope that helps answer your question.

Love and Prayers,
Ann Marie