I am a straight Evangelical Christian walking a path with my God and striving to follow the examples of Jesus. I became a Christian in 1984 within one month of returning to a faith community after a 15 year hiatus. While sitting in a sermon at a local Evangelical church, the Gospel just made sense to me. I wanted something far bigger than I to direct me.
Having been raised a Roman Catholic, I had drifted away from any expressions or desires for faith. When I was not yet three, the Catholic church had rejected my Mom following a divorce caused by my father’s adultery and abandonment . This picture of church and God as a “rejector” stuck with me for decades. I wanted nothing to do with a God who cast my loving and innocent Mother out.
I had a desire to try to reconnect spiritually in college, but I was still too busy doing it my way and had no need for direction or help from a god, a person, anyone. When my plans began falling apart and my best was not working, in frustration and need, the decision to cede to God was simple. Maybe this God, that I really did believe had created me, knew what was better for me. I gave Him a chance when I was 28. And, I never turned away. I have been walking along with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit now for over 25 years.
Please watch this video to get the back story as to why I care about the GLBT community. I know that as recently as 2004, when asked, I did not believe I would see any gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people in heaven.
Relationship, along with my own questioning and doubts on other personal issues caused me to wonder if what I had been told about the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (glbt) communities was accurate. I was in an open space that doubt often causes and it was here that I was more receptive to the calling by God to be sensitive to the heart and voices of His glbt children.
After six years of ministering in this very messy spot in and out of the churches, I am now an advocate to the glbt for equality and inclusion in Christian churches. I write, speak, educate, listen and dialogue. Oh,there is lots of dialogue! I am open to engaging church leaders and staff in conversation about the treatment and inclusion of glbt people into the Kingdom and Family of God with equality.
So, why is this ministry called “CanyonWalker Connections”? I hike a lot in some canyons near my home in the Northern Sierra. I’ve done this daily for a few decades. It is on these canyon dirt and snowy trails that I talk to and listen to God and the Holy Spirit. Trails have become my sacred place. In the spiritual realm, I also seems to walk, but, in the not-so-lovely space between two groups: the church and the glbt Christian communities. I bring the message of a non-discriminating, Biblical Jesus, the Grace Giver Supreme in that place of dialogue and tension that many of us have ignored or feel uncomfortable in.
Isaiah 58 instructs us to “spend ourselves in behalf of the hungry and (to) satisfy the needs of the oppressed.” Then God says, He will call us “Repairers of the Breach.” That is my place in this tension-filled area—“breach repair”. I hope to help facilitate the coming time when glbt Christians will be welcome in our churches as equals. This work is not easy, it is often received with quite a bit of animosity, but more often, with great blessings.
No matter where you may be on this path, there is something for you here–encouragement and challenge, education and insights. My writing style is very honest, and often funny. I smile, a lot and really do enjoy life. I love God and people. I am working on a book coming out in 2012. I have very much of a “Mom-voice” and “average person” in this conversation; I can engage in constructive rhetoric and have developed the skills to not dive to those nasty depths of petty and mean that so commonly surround this topic.
Yes, I really am straight, a total zero on the Kinsey Scale of sexual orientation. I have two straight adult children and no close glbt family members.
God really did call me and put me here. Until God shifts me, I will keeping on walking in the divide hoping to repair the breach between the the church and the glbt Christian community.
If you need to get a hold of me, e mail me HERE.