A “Standing on the Side of Love” Sermon by the Purple-Haired Priestess
Rev. Ann Marie Alderman, who serves the UU Congregation of Greenville, North Carolina, delivered a personal and very moving sermon – entitled “Standing on the Side of Love” – to the Raleigh UU Fellowship. The sermon addresses her quest for spiritual wholeness as a lesbian in our homophobic culture.
In her talk, Rev. Alderman discusses what it felt like to address a group of interfaith colleagues on the topic of gay spirituality. She says:
Even though I have been “out” for nearly 40 years, the closer the time came to do my presentation the more afraid I became.
Even though, I have been welcomed into Unitarian Universalist congregations for a dozen years, I am afraid this morning as well.
I am afraid of your judgment, of retribution, of violence, of being thought of as only gay… It isn’t a given for a gay person to feel OK, safe, whole… acceptable… Fear and dread is always a factor in the spiritual journey of gay folk.
Every gay person in one way or another is faced with integrating both the curse and the blessing of gayness and of using the lens of one’s gayness to understand and/or to be in relationship with the divine.
Gay people are faced with this dilemma; “Is the “truth” held by religious communities wrong?”…or am I a mistake? Moving towards a sense of ultimate worth, takes a lot more than marching in a pride parade, or changing the law! There is a deeply spiritual dimension to being gay.
There are many more gems in this compelling sermon. Click here to read Rev. Alderman’s “Standing on the Side of Love” sermon in its entirety.