For Self Avowed Practicing Presbyterians

Trigger warning for stupid church politics.

I apologize for this small departure into the politics of church abuse to rant about shenanigans in a church I no longer claim, but apparently haven’t gotten free from. This lovely blog entry got to me this morning, when I should have been doing something else — which is maybe one of those signs it’s still an abusive relationship for me. This is a slightly expanded version of my comment there.

I’m a Calvinist by birthright, for better or worse. My copy of his Institutes has my mother’s maiden name in it. I was baptized Christian Reformed, for those of you who know what that is. Confirmed and ordained an elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA). I came out as queer and later trans while an active member of a PCUSA congregation.

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Blessed be the name of the Lorde

Audre Lorde passed over on my 21st birthday and I have long felt an affinity for her work. Her birthday, February 18, is always a great time to revisit her words and work to see what most resonates now.

There are many kinds of power, used and unused, acknowledged or OtherWise.(emphasis mine)

From “Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power

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