By Chris Hughes
A [Baptist] Conversation on Sexuality did many things for CBF Baptists, including creating an open forum for people of differing theological beliefs to sit across from one another and talk.
It welcomed more people from differing perspectives on issues of sexuality and covenant than any ever seen in Baptist life.
It couched plenary lectures and covenant conversations in heavy doses of singing, prayer and meditation, elevating this event into the realm of holy conversation shared between peers and God.
Yet for all the beautiful work put into this event, one refrain keeps buzzing now two months later: This is not about that.
This conversation about inclusion is not about that hiring policy excluding from leadership gifted gay and lesbian people in CBF life. This conversation about justice and equality is not about that political policy of injustice and inequality commonplace in our public sphere.
This was the opening refrain of the conference in April and it rang out again from the report at CBF General Assembly in Fort Worth in June. It is the careful work of institutional preservation.
But it is also the work of disconnect that can stifle the prophetic voice in favor of the institutional voice. It is the voice that bears the false hope that if we bury our heads in the sand, we can wait until the storm passes and hope we did just enough to survive -- just enough witness to a new civil-rights movement to bear mentioning in history, just enough justice to those on the margins to warrant satisfaction for our socially conscious Baptist movement.
Are we hoping that we can insulate ourselves from the injustice occurring around us, disconnecting ourselves from hurting people because it may be risky?
click here to read more