Go get your God back: Bishop Yvette Flunder on All Things God and Gay

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Go get your God back: Bishop Yvette Flunder on All Things God and Gay

"Go get your God back, however you perceive God," Bishop Yvette Flunder told me when we sat down to chat recently, "because we need divine presence to fight this fight." What fight? The one for the celebration of our queer humanity.

Bishop Flunder is a same-gender loving, Pentecostal-raised, third generation pastor who founded the "radically inclusive" City of Refuge Church in San Francisco. I had the honor of taking a class with her on race, sexuality and the church at Union Theological Seminary and I just wanted to share a little glimpse of her with you. She is a profound reminder of what real religious leadership looks like: courageous, humble, honest and unceasingly on the side of justice.

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Comments [7]

NCSha25's picture

Beautiful, well said, and so

Beautiful, well said, and so true..one's relationship in Faith is a personal one. Thanks for this!

Jess Glenny's picture

Fantastic

Go, this woman! She's a real from-the-heart, from-experience teacher.

Grace Moon's picture

G to the O to the D

Really this is one of the most down to earth God and Gay interviews ever.

Thanks to Ashley for making it happen.

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Conlite's picture

Amen!  Preach it

Amen!  Preach it sister!

Seriously, this Bishop makes me want to go have a gay Holy Ghost revival.  And I always thought "Queer Rising" would make a great Bible study group name, kind of like the "Womens' Aglow" movement (which actually sounds like quite a lesbian title - haha!).

KJ's picture

And

I kind of reel at the last few seconds of this. After my last year in college I went through some standard activist burn out, but it was preceded by a more geologically scaled confrontation / assault with the God of my understanding  and the people who stole him from me.

That is, I attended a prayer rally at the state capitol before the 2008 election, not to protest, but to pray. Or, to pray my protestations. I've never been so unmoored as I was between that rally and the election. It wasn't even like an open loop. It was just like... nothing. Blank. Not abyssal, not empty, just more like a life-sized dial tone.

Some part of that feeling has stayed with me and informed the last two years of otherwise regular burn out. And acknowledging that makes me jealous for my own inner life to "be made strong again for the work of justice that we are called to do."

Conlite's picture

Right on.  I know God-robbers

Right on.  I know God-robbers too.

KJ's picture

I love this:

I love this: I gave it to God, and you know what? He gave it back.

Give it up to get it back to give it away.