I will be with a client, no doubt trying to undo life's abundance as knotted up in her rhomboids and levator scapulae, but I am mindful and taking note that the President is about to do something positive this afternoon for the LGBT community in signing the Matthew Shepherd/James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Act into law.
Sadly, it is the kind of positive move that says, "It's not OK for you to kill or maim me because I'm a lesbian." It never should be OK... and yet such hate-motivated crime does occur in this country.
Integrity USA is calling on Episcopalians and all people of faith to pause at 4:45PM EDT in recognition of this historic event. Our prayers are encouraged to give thanks, remember the victims of such violence, and to pray for our continued progress forward toward a world in which your sexual orientation does not hold you out as separate in God's kingdom on earth. I believe that we are all one in heaven; it's just down here where we're having a little bit of difficulty with that idea.