Brenda Harrison, RIP March 4, 2010Posted by Emma Jayne in Christianity, Death.
Tags: Accepting Evangelicals, Gay Christians
I never knew Brenda Harrison but I know this about her: she was a woman of God; and like me, she was a lesbian. Unlike me, she was also an evangelical, and that must have been such a difficult path to tread: evangelicals are not renowned for their tolerance of those who don’t — or won’t — conform to their particular perspective on life.
She was also a founding member of Accepting Evangelicals, an organisation that describes itself as
a open network of Evangelical Christians who believe the time has come to move towards the acceptance of faithful, loving same-sex partnerships at every level of church life, and the development of a positive Christian ethic for gay and lesbian people.
That’s pretty amazing. More than that, it’s mind-blowing. Liberating! It’s beyond belief — quite literally beyond belief, because it’s a step beyond belief into faith, faith in a God who loves and lives amongst us and accepts us as we are.
So today I’d like to take the opportunity to thank God for Brenda, for her life, for all that she gave of herself in living what she believed and daring to be known for who and what she was. I’m sorry that I never met her; but I hold on to the hope that one day I will, in that life beyond this life where we will all know, even as we are fully known, how much God loves us: how deep and wide and long and high God’s unfathomable, immeasurable love for each and every one of us is.
And for Pam, her partner now left behind after Brenda’s battle with cancer, I simply join with Mike Dark in prayer:
May we all pray for her partner Pam that she would be upheld and comforted at this awful time. May the sweet memories of their lives together strengthen Pam as she comes to terms with the loss of Brenda.
You’ll find Mike’s full tribute, albeit brief, on the Accepting Evangelicals news page.
And to you, my friend, reading this: to you — especially if you’re an evangelical — I offer a challenge: will you dare to stand, as Brenda once stood, for the acceptance that God’s love demands of each one of us? Will you join Accepting Evangelicals?