On Saturday, we at Left Hand Church celebrated Pride in Longmont. The celebration was held right outside our front doors and throughout the service we heard the thrum thrum of the drumbeat from the main stage situated at 4th and Kimbark.
Our table attracted many local LGBTQ folks as well as families and friends curious as to what Left Hand has to offer our community. I saw a few wary glances, people who would not meet our eye for fear of another church. And this is certainly to be expected, but others wanted to hear our message of full inclusion, affirmation, and generous love.
I had many conversations, working hard to tailor my explanation to each person’s history with church and religion. The most poignant moment for me was when two teenage girls asked for some water. As I was pouring a cupful for each they asked about our church and what we stood for. After a brief explanation, each of them thanked me for offering a safe place for young people, like them, to attend. These were children, the same ages as mine. Well spoken, articulate, generous children who identify as queer.
Our little church is a mighty force in the world, demonstrating the power of love and justice and mercy and compassion to this town and county of Longmont and Boulder. We are doing the holy work of goodness.
After a long week of heavy and heartbreaking news, Longmont Pride was a delightful celebration of the best of community. A testament to the truth that no matter how much pain and rejection and hurt circulates we are honored with the opportunity to participate in the gift of loving and hopeful gathering amidst rainbows and unicorns and stilt walkers and dancers and drumbeats.
May we lighten loads and offer cups of cold water to one another. May we receive the generosity and hope that is born in the life of Jesus. Thank you to each one of you that volunteered on a hot summer day, and thank you Aaron for your organization and planning.
I am grateful for this church and for the difference we get to make in this community of Longmont, Boulder County, and Colorado. I have hope in a bright future because of each of you.
We've uploaded all of the photos we took with our Left Hand selfie frame. Click to go to the Google Photos album: