In the Right Place

While on Renewal, I am worshipping at various churches. For the past two Sundays, I have visited Episcopal Churches where friends of mine are priests.

I cherish these friends and it was great seeing and hearing them in their church habitat. I even enjoyed a trip down memory lane with the traditional prayer book liturgy.

I grew up in the Episcopal Church, and graduated from a wonderful Episcopal seminary (I am going back for my 25th class reunion in May).

But as much as I enjoyed my visits, I realize I have moved well away from Episcopalianism. Liturgically, it is too formal, too contained, for my taste. And Episcopalians are still arguing about things that are long settled for me (and not arguing enough about other things that very much trouble me).

Metropolitan Community Churches have spoiled me. I am so glad God brought me home to MCC.

I appreciate our diversity–not just racial, gender, sexual, and class diversity (although I truly revel in that), but also our willingness to blend our worship and try new things, and even think new things. And I truly exult in our lack of stiffness.

Don’t get me wrong: I am grateful for all I received from the Episcopal Church (including so many wonderful friends). But Renewal is reminding me: I am in the right place.

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Robin Hawley Gorsline

Robin is a poet (claiming this later in life) and Queer Theologian--reflecting a soul of hope and faith and joy and justice/shalom. He is happily married to Dr. Jonathan Lebolt (20 years and counting), the proud parent of three glorious daughters (and grateful to two wonderful sons-in- law and a new one soon!), and the very proud "Papa" to Juna (6) and Annie (3).

One thought on “In the Right Place”

  1. Your description of “Diversity” is, for me, the BIG attraction at MCC-Richmond. You manage to rise above “names”, “tags”, and the categories that are limiting and diminishing. Am enjoying all your blogs, by the way.

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