Of special concern to me as a Christian, as a Baptist, and as a pastor, is the violence of some of the speech coming from pulpits around the nation. Especially troubling were the Rev. Sean Harris giving his congregation "permission" to "beat the gay out of their sons and the butch out of their daughters" and, more recently, the Rev. Charles Worley telling his congregation that gays and lesbians should be put in concentration camps and allowed to "die out as they could not have more children." While the sheer ignorance of these statements is mind boggling, they were said from the pulpit in Baptist churches. I cringe to think of what it must of felt like to be a glbt youth sitting in the pews of one of those churches.
I currently serve on the board of the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists. AWAB has been the voice calling for welcome, love, and inclusion into the Baptist community for nearly 30 years. Our executive director, the Rev. Robin Lunn, has been tirelessly traveling the country, being that voice of love and inclusion.
At this critical juncture in life of our nation and our faith communities, I am asking that you would make a donation to the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists to help us continue this vital work. You can do this at www.awab.org. If you would like to make a donation on behalf of the Rev. Sean Harris or the Rev. Charles Worley, we will be sending a postcard of thanks to them (your name will not be mentioned on the postcard.) You can do this by adding a note in the message line on the donation page.
Blessings on all of you. I am who I am today, because of the impact that you have had on my life."
Rev. Bruce Chittick
2005 S. Pearl Street
Seattle, WA 98108