A few affirmations and denials

+ I affirm that God loves you. God loves you more than you can know or imagine. God loves you without reason or reservation. There is nothing missing from God’s love for you. There is no gap to mind. God loves you – oh my God, how God loves you!

+ I affirm that the Bible is a received revelation, opening hearts and minds to the story of God’s love pursuing us from creation to new creation, genesis to revelation.

– I deny that God is limited by the Bible, its translators, nor by its preachers.

+ I affirm that biblical statements such as “male and female he created them” may be only the beginning, the genesis of God’s self-revelation and our self-understanding in relationship with God.

+ I affirm that God continues to reveal Godself through prayer, study, community, and direct relationship. [How many times has God invited people to run for President of the United States?] God continues to speak to the people of God, through the rehearsal of God’s Incarnation in the sacraments; through the direct intervention of the Holy Spirit; through the growth of the self-knowledge of this creation that God has wrought; because God loves you.

+ I affirm that gender, sex, and their expression are an essential part of our self-understanding, and therefore of our relationship with one another and with God.

+ I affirm that God loves you. All of you. This bears repeating.

– I “deny that [the affirmation of non-cishet people and their relationships] is a matter of moral indifference about which otherwise faithful Christians should agree to disagree.” Homophobia and transphobia are killing people. The denial of the full expression of selfhood of anyone made in God’s image is a denial of the creativity and infinite love of God.

+ I affirm that God loves you. God loves you more than I can know, imagine, or describe to you. God loves you beyond words, beyond life, beyond.

– I deny that anything, nor anyone: neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers [nor priests, politicians, prophets, nor pastors], nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39)

About Rosalind C Hughes

Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing , and Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence, both from Upper Room Books. She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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1 Response to A few affirmations and denials

  1. Martha Smith says:

    Very powerful piece. Thank you.

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