The fourth installment of the Lenten Challenge from 1JustCity comes from our partners at Rainbow Ministry. Rainbow Ministry itself is currently undergoing some very difficult transitions as their funding has been cut dramatically. Their important work will continue though, in one form or another, as long as there are people who seek justice and equality for all God's children. Here's the challenge:
“The love I feel puts me in danger.” LGBTQ youth have higher rates of mental illness than any other demographic because of bullying; because of a lack of social acceptance and understanding; because of hate. Even though our churches are creating safer space, safe space is still scarce. Through Rainbow Ministry we offer a liberating theology of acceptance, and the Good News that all are loved, all are created with purpose and that diversity is beauty. If you are straight, we ask you to forgo holding your partner’s hand, or showing affection in public, as so many in the Queer community are unable to do for fear of their safety. Then put a value on your freedom to love openly and make a donation to support creating safe space. If you are a member of the LGBTQ community, we ask you to make a contribution so we can help hold the ground we have gained.
Two more challenges in the coming days. Stay tuned!