To my beloved, The United Methodist Church: I am queer. I exist. I will resist. I will not be erased.

When you continue to colonize my queer brown body and identity – being used and talked about with token representation – I will resist. I will not be erased.

When you pursue a false sense of church unity at my expense as a queer person, I will resist. I will not be erased.

When your love is conditional and you keep talking from both sides of your mouth to ease the harm you inflict on me as a queer person, I will resist. I will not be erased.

When you continue an immoral complicity in the death and affliction of queer persons by marking me in red letters as “incompatible”, I will resist. I will not be erased.

When you look away from the grace-filled waters of Baptism and knowingly forget your vows at my Baptism to oppose oppression in whatever form it takes, I will resist. I will not be erased.

When you allow the Gospel to be co-opted and corrupted in places that have criminalized my queerness, I will resist. I will not be erased.

When you don’t mean what you say: that I am of sacred worth yet separate my identity from how I express my love, I will resist. I will not be erased.

When you preach about Beloved Community, yet offer me crumbs under your table, and make me beg for inclusion, I will resist. I will not be erased.

I acknowledge my privilege in being able to come out, in being clergy, and being male. I always hold dear in my heart my unnamed faithful queer siblings. Realizing my status, I strive not to assimilate in oppressive hierarchical structures of patriarchy, class, and white supremacy. It is the road to perfection in love.

When the going gets tough, remember Church, I will resist. I will not be erased.

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