“Sadly, I know many LGBT people who began their understanding of themselves where tradition and religion taught them: They believe for years that they are defective, sinful and need to be healed. They beg Jesus for that healing for years. And His answer to them is that they are whole and good as they are. Period. Their souls have been tried in the refiner’s fire and I trust their discernment of God’s will. The goodness of their lives since accepting God’s love shows they are right. Yet, some in our society try to “heal” these children of God through reparative therapy (efforts to change LGBT people to being “straight”). They hold up a very small select few as examples of “success” and don’t like to discuss the damage done to so many others. The hurt that is inflicted by those programs is an egregious assault on the souls of the LGBT people who go through them. They need to be stopped.”—Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards (via azspot)
Well I’ve been all over. In the past week I’ve visited and stayed in Kansas City, Chicago and now Lexington KY. Seen a lot of people and places, new foods and a lot of friends. It’s been really amazing and overwhelming at times. Where I’m staying now is with a very dear friend and his family. We’re house sitting for a friend at the moment and I’m getting my snuggle on with a little terrier named Moxie. Lexington is beautiful. It’s been relax city, but I’m hoping to get my hands dirty soon on an art form of some kind. How about you?! Tell me things!
A thousand pardons for not getting to this sooner! I’ve been in Chicago for five days now and have yet to say one word! It’s been quite the ride so far though staying at JPUSA.
Sorry friends, no pictures this time around. But I DO HAVE STORIES!
So far I’ve visited around a couple neighborhoods and areas of Chicago but JPUSA(Jesus People USA) has brought me the most peace and contentment and challenge.
I’ve been staying with my good buddy Codisiah and his roommate Scott for the past couple days on the third high bunk in a room with a tall windows, taller ceiling and wood floors.
There are two Whole Foods that I know if so far and one of them is so large it is staggering to me. It has it’s own bar, cafe, and multiple little restaurants. Chicago is definitely the place you want to be if you’re wanting to experience a bustling metropolis, diversity, and vegan/vegetarian/gluten free dining.
Keep your eyes peeled for hidden rooftop gardens if you ride the L Train! I’ll have some more little snippets soon! Tomorrow morning I’m headed out to Lexington, KY to stay with my dear friend Andrew Darkforest.