‘The Sacred Garden’: A service of reflection in celebration of LGBTQ+ Folx

  • Oak tree. Light shining through. Magical

Join Rev. John Carter for a service of hymns, readings and personal narratives related to welcoming and safe places for spiritual exploration and the spiritual work of LGBTQ+ Folx. The service will be held virtually with Hull Unitarian Church and the University of Lincoln Chapel, as well as other individuals. In organising this service, Rev. John Carter reflects on art, icons and lived experience...

In art I am bringing two of the icons that I have collected over years, by an American artist, Robert Lentz OFM. These icons are a part of his series on Social Justice Martyrs, which include historic figures like Gandhi, Stephen Biko, Dorothy Day, and others. The two that I have is We-Wha and Harvey Milk. We-wha was born male, but through the Zuni initiations of childhood was discovered to be contrary to the expected norms of a Zuni male. This contrariness was greeted with great acceptance, even celebration. We-wha was then understood to be of the third gender, the one who embodied both male and female ness.  S/He served the nation throughout Her/His life, in many fashions: in Zuni ritual We-wha embodied one of the highest spiritual attributes of the Zuni. This persona, called a Kachina, could only be portrayed by one of the third gender. In politics s/he represented the nation in meetings in Washington DC. We-wha is considered by contemporary LGBTQ Native nation Folx as a spiritual hero and guide.

I know that many now use 'they' and 'them' for transgendered pronouns, and as inclusive pronouns. For the Zuni, this form of transgenderism is best expressed in the s/he pronoun usage, s/he is the best way to express the Zuni concept of the third gender; an individual person who is both female and male.

We can all celebrate our giftedness, what our sexuality can give us, how our personal sense of being can inform our life, and our choices for how we live.  We can also celebrate this in a community of acceptance, of questioning, but mostly a community with all its foibles, problems, and down right loveliness who will be there with us. Not always knowing the best, but loving none the less.

  • Date: 21st February 2021
  • Time: 4pm
  • Platform: Zoom
  • Join the Remembrance Service Here 
  • Meeting ID: 834 4907 6237
  • Passcode:129176

John Carter is the Unitarain Chaplain at the University of Lincoln's Multi-faith Chaplaincy.




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