I’ve been to many galas, fancy fundraisers for all sorts of events. If someone told me that the most progressively radical and inclusive gala I would attend would be raising money for a Christian seminary I would’ve laughed with great force. But that just happened.
It’s taken me many years to grow comfortable with attending galas, but now I really enjoy them. I’ve mastered polite cocktail conversation, and know enough about current events to engage in a topical way on most issues. But tonight I was moved.
All of the honorees were women of color. The vast majority of the speakers were people of color. And everyone spoke passionately about their faith in the context of equity and justice for all. Yes even for women and gay folks!
One of the honorees quoted Alice Walker on womanism!
Man if I had my checkbook they woulda had all my coins!
It’s not that I don’t know that progressive Christians exist, I have a friend who is super progressive and way Christian. It’s that I thought there were only 4 more of her. I mean I don’t know, on the tv Christians are always tryna tell me what I can do with my body but tonight I felt the spirit of Black Jesus!
Anyhoo, with all the madness going on in the world I am way glad to have spent an evening with people of faith who honor the humanity in us all, no matter who we are.
Let the Church Say Ashé!
Featured Image by Miko Stavrev.