Hi Dojo readers,
It’s been a busy month getting our #Refugee-Jitsu program up and running, and things are going great so far! But I wanted to share another recent opportunity I had that was equally rewarding, but quite different than teaching Jiujitsu! 🙂
I was invited to participate in an excellent and honest dialogue here in our Western NC Conference of the United Methodist Church (the denomination to which I belong) on the subject of the Church’s position on same-sex relationships and what that means for our LGBT friends and family members. The conversation took place last Sunday afternoon and was live-streamed to a number of churches around the conference who gathered to listen and reflect on the subject.
I was the token evangelical in the group (an role which I do not mind, given some of the voices who are often put forth as representing historic Methodist orthodoxy in many such discussions!), and each of my fellow panelists were warm, friendly, cordial, and respectful of one another. I liked this dialogue in particular because it gave us a chance to talk TO one another rather than simply PAST (or ABOUT) one another. My only complaint was that it was entirely too short for such an important topic at this point in history.
Here is the video for those who missed it. I welcome any thoughts or feedback as always.