After the Dallas Transgender Activists and Allies invited Bishop Robinson to a conversation we became the focus of hatred by a publication called 'Stand Firm'.
In the begining the articles were were expressed mostly support for the views of the authors.
I made my personal commitment to use what I have learned from the Reconciling Ministries Network and Soulforce to gently introduce our community to the congregation that read 'Standfirm'
I made my second prayer visit to ST. Vincents Cathedral Sunday 21 09. On my first visit I was definitely watched extremly closely and did feel the anger and resentment of the reduced congregants.
This time it was so different. I was warmly welcomed. Much of the Liturgy focused on radical inclusiveness of Christ and although I was not allowed to receive communion from Bishop Iker I did receive the sacraments from another minister.
Afterwards as I looked up and gazed at the the cross, it may have been my imagination, but I felt something very different. I know there was respect. Maybe not acceptance, maybe not yet.
I guess the point I'm trying to make, is that this change will take time.