Over the last decade we have seen an ever growing difference between a cultural version of reconciliation and an actual reconciliation. Cultural reconciliation is when the conservative world or the LGBT community only sees reconciliation as ‘the other’ dropping their personal worldview and picking up a full set of prescribed correct beliefsthat brings everyone to only one side. That scenario resembles more of a mob mentality than an actual reconciliation—which seeks to connect and dignify two different groups of people on a human to human level whether in agreement or not.
To us the outcome is secondary to the fidelity of being a reconciliatory agent that, in relation to and relationship with those not like yourself, are the constant pursuers of that which is disconnected.
We model this type of reconciliation everyday within our own organization, on staff and in volunteers, which consist of hetero and LGBT people: single, partnered, celibate; liberal and conservative.
Such an effort is a countercultural place to be, especially in light of the divisive culture war that continues to surround faith, sexuality and politics in our society today. There are some out there who call us too idealistic. Too unrealistic. Tell us we’re wasting our time. But that’s the point of living a faith worth living.