I would like to take this opportunity to engage in a little “interfaith” work and support our local Metropolitan Community Church, St. John of the Apostle in their “Would Jesus Discriminate” campaign.  The events are listed on their website here.  A series of films are being shown at Theatre Conspiracy, to call out discrimination and give attendees a chance afterward to discuss together in a town-hall meeting venue.  The campaign is timely in light of the proposed amendment 2 on Florida ballots, a discriminatory amendment against those who are in domestic partnerships who choose not to marry and those who cannot legally marry (who already being discriminated against!) in the state due to their status as a same-sex couple.

The church’s pastor, the Rev. Steve Filizzi, is being interview on NPR today at noon, and I was asked to come for the interview along with another panelist to talk about the campaign and how it parallels the work we are doing in our church and service communities.  Listen here to our local WGCU NPR’s “Live Gulf Coast Arts edition.”

On the MCC website, a theological parallel to Unitarian Universalism struck me.  It reads:

Would Jesus Discriminate? If you believe, the answer is a resounding NO! Then join us in sharing the truth of God’s Love for everyone.

Our Universalist heritage rings out in this message.  Universalists believed in a beneficent, loving god who would not let anyone be eternally damned.  In our more contemporary Unitarian Universalist theologies, we translate this message to the here and now.  No person deserves to be damned or know a living hell here on earth.  Discrimination, marginalization, oppression: these are the flames of hell that lick the heels of many in THIS life.  And we would do well to end it, including  our own complicity in it.  All of us are loved- it is a radical notion that assigns inherent worth and dignity to each individual, in this life, on this earth.

Can I get an amen?!