Today I’m launching a new series of blog posts on my website, and I’m both excited and a tad scared. I’m going to be coming out in these posts, but it’s a different kind of coming out than I did more than 30 years ago when I came out as a lesbian. Today, I’m coming out as a person of faith, and to do so gives me butterflies.
I don’t mean faith as in faith in God the Father, although I honor people who do believe in God. I mean faith as in faith that there is a way to live with joy, courage and commitment in this sometimes-disheartening world. In my faith, spirituality is not about God or institutionalized religion. Instead, I see spirituality as a practical discipline that enables us to build a richer, better life.
I don’t believe in a God who answers prayers, and yet like an increasing number of secular people, I pray – all the time, in fact. I pray because words said with faith and commitment become action. They center us. They ground us. They set our intentions and become a prophecy that self fulfills.
So, it seems fitting to launch this new series of blog posts with a prayer. Here it is:
The time for silence has ended.
We must sing.
May we be heard and understood.
May we listen respectfully when others respond.
May every note we share be pure, and sung with love.
So it is. Amen.
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