White People™: That's Not My Name

Names are important. They carry family histories, reveal cultural clues, they give people that don’t know us the first bit of insight into who we are, names are deeply personal, and at times, embarrassing. Names carry emotional meaning and value, names have been used to divide people. Names are important.

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Personal, Race, RacismJarell Wilson
I'm Done Mourning

This morning I woke up and went to a coffeehouse/bakery and sat with a man who survived decades in a cult. I got to hear his story and share a bit of my own. I had the privilege of reminded him of God’s love for him. He is a gay man and has spent most of his life feeling hated by God. I had the overwhelming joy of countering that narrative.

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UMCJarell Wilson
Dancing in the Moonlight

It was a warm summer night, the moon was full and I was just about to leave Austin and start my time at the University of North Texas. For years I had been hiding who I was from myself but under the mesquite trees in my friend’s front yard, I looked past the branches and I stared at the moon. Over the sound cicadas hissing, I heard a voice inside say, “Stop hiding”.

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My Response to the Letter from 500+ LGBTIQ Clergy

My Dear Siblings and Fellow Ministers in Christ, Your love and prayers are most needed. When I signed the letter with 110 other LGBTIQ clergy and candidates I was afraid, I was risking my job and my future; I didn't know how many others were going to sign but I knew that I needed to be one of the people to do it.

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On My Struggle With Destructive Theology

Nuance is important in theology, because finite beings wrestling with the infinite will always fail and get things wrong; the author of this piece does not see nuance but a simple world of black and white. White is the beautiful purity and holiness that only heterosexuality can bring, and Black is the dirty filthy and disgusting lust-filled life of sin and debauchery that resides in the hearts of all “gay Christians. Such an approach to fellow humans ultimately reflects what the author believes about God".

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