I’ve been wondering about the hatred being spoken around us these recent days and weeks.
Did you also hear it in the incessant horns blaring around Canberra lately? The venom spat towards governments and individual leaders as if the vaccination regulations are NOT, in fact, for the care and protection of the people …
what good, what life, can come from such hateful angry venom?
I heard it, too, from churches, Christian schools and organisations, baying for this Religious Discrimination legislation. As if the Way of God can be pursued through the right to reject, exclude, dismiss people, humans, who differ from ‘us’ …
The Uniting Church offers a prophetic voice that names what we see in the proposed legislation – the potential for harm. Such harm as suicide, mental anguish, broken relationships, when folk experience the rejection of their person, their humanity, their dignity, their worth. And the Uniting Church saw the potential for such harm for LGBTIQ+ people, people with disabilities, women, and people of minority faiths through the proposed legislation.
Such harm as the diminishing of another’s humanity, which, in turn, diminishes our own.
Such harm as the lost opportunity for the richness of diversity that strengthens a community.
The richness of diversity that we at Wesley are learning to embrace, celebrate, as a gift we offer to the vulnerable, marginalised, rejected who are welcomed into safety here. And as a gift we all receive, enriched by the varied gifts and stories and perspectives that add vitality, depth, and breadth to who we are, together.
People not claiming ‘Christian’ as their story, but committed to community, Sacred, Love.
People living with mental illness, or disabilities, participating, serving, leading from their fullness of being.
People faithfully engaging with the Biblical story, with Christian spirituality, and finding meaning that differs from each other.