Cross posted from the RMN blog
Dated July 1, 2008
By Kelli Busey
The Reconciling Ministries Network is launching a new blog in accordance to it's mission of bringing ALL of God's children home. In following the teachings of our lord, this vision of radical inclusion has been shaped into action by Antony Hebblethwaite and the staff of of the RMN. Among the writers who are contributing are people who have known personally Dr Martin Luther King's struggle, people who have experienced South African apartheid, pastors who are living with the denial of their Church to minister because of sexual affinity and teachers who have dedicated their lives to the good of human kind. All are human rights activists who are now deeply involved with bringing us together in peace. And one transgender truck driver, that's me. I was so inspired to by what I saw in General Conference 2008 that I self promoted my application to contribute to this blog and to my amazement, was accepted. But I got cold feet after reading the biographies that the other writers submitted. I questioned myself about my abilities. How could I ever write on the level as these educated and wonderful people. And lets face it, I'm not the most pious of people. I'm more akin to the 250lb hot dog with mustard and relish eating 9th inning self appointed 3rd base coach! Antony wrote back to me and said "easy girl". This is what reconciling means. Inclusion. So we are all here. And this is the scoop of my life! This world is after all a place for me.
I found my heart strings playing the saddest of songs when at the United Methodist Conference over the outcry of humanity, by a slim majority those exclusionary words were retained in the book of Discipline. This was done by people not mean or vindictive. But by people sincerely believing those actions were done in the best interests of their church. That is what draws me to this faith, even in it's ignorance of the gifts that it is refusing it is a beautiful and wonderfully vibrant Christian community.
This is my second post. I am committed to find connections, the thinnest of threads will work. I need all the help I can find as I was previously not disposed to work in this way, so it is new and challenging.
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