In February, I was invited by Cam Fraser, the minister at Knox-Metropolitan United Church in Regina, SK (where I’m currently living), to offer a guest sermon in celebration of their congregation becoming an Affirming Ministry.
I don’t usually share (too loudly) about my lived experience as a queer person of faith, or as a queer person who actively works to build more inclusive faith spaces, because hearing about religion, Christianity, or faith can be difficult for a lot of 2SLGBTQ+ people.
But earlier this week, a sermon from a pastor in Regina, SK made its’ way around social media and people listened as he spread terrible and hateful messages about 2SLGBTQ+ people, and misrepresented terrifying statistics about trans suicidality, divorce, LGBTQ+ identity, and so much more.
For a lot of queer and trans people in Saskatchewan, this wasn’t surprising. We know that people have these kinds of ideas, and in some ways, having it front and centre like this helps show non-LGBTQ+ people what exactly we’re up against.
As a young, queer kid, trying to figure out the contradiction of loving women and loving God, a contradiction that so many people had told me was wrong or impossible, I did the only thing I felt I could do… I prayed. And at first, these prayers included a desperate attempt to have God make me right, make things easier, and help me get rid of this contradiction. I prayed for years, begging God to make me not gay. And eventually, God answered me. God’s message slowly became clear to me: that I am made in His image, that my queerness is a gift offered to me by God, that my capacity for loving, against all odds, is God living in me.Jacq Brasseur, Excerpt from a Guest Sermon for Knox-Met United Church (KMUC)
I have a lot that I want to say to this pastor, but I think it’s important not to give him too much space or energy. Instead, I want to share some more positive words about God, love, and queer people that I wrote while preparing for a guest sermon with KMUC. If you have a queer person of faith in your life who has been impacted by the hateful words from a religious leader, show them so much love, and remind them that God made us queer on purpose.
To watch my guest sermon, you can watch this video, from Knox-Met. To read the text of my guest sermon, you can also download the PDF.