Responding to the experiences of LGBTQ people in the U.S. and across the globe is at the core of the Gilead Sabbath Initiative. By incorporating a responsive reading into your service, your community embodies response in its worship. Feel free to modify this responsive reading as best suits your community and context
Reader: We recognize sexuality as central to our humanity and integral to our spirituality.
All: We celebrate the goodness of creation, including our bodies and our sexualities.
We speak out against the pain, brokenness, oppression, and loss of meaning that many experience about their sexuality.
We yearn for a world that welcomes, affirms, and fully includes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people across the globe.
We are called to witness the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people across the globe.
We recognize that too many people are ostracized, assaulted, or persecuted for their sexual or gender identities.
We affirm the dignity and worth of all people. We acknowledge the beauty and wisdom of sexual and gender diversity.
We pray for a world where difference is recognized and celebrated.
We acknowledge that much of the violence, discrimination, or persecution against LGBTQ people has been done in the name of religion.
We dedicate ourselves to using religion for justice, healing, and love.
We pledge to respond to the calls of LGBTQ people across the globe.
We commit ourselves to responsibility and humility in our justice-making action, following the leadership and guidance of LGBTQ communities.
We gather on the side of the marginalized, the poor, and the persecuted to learn, to pray, and to act.
We long for that balm in Gilead — that the wounded would be made whole, the ailing would be healed, and the discouraged would be revived in hope.