Today, high school students at Sacred Heart Cathedral Prepatory (SCHP) School stood with Jessica Urbina – a high school senior whose picture was pulled from the yearbook for wearing a tuxedo. Female students are required to wear “drapes” in yearbook photos in San Francisco Archdiocesan schools.
And As I sat with today’s scripture readings – the Gospel in Mark in which Jesus says “A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and among his own kin and in his own house” – I thought of my sisters and brothers in the church justice movement working as prophets in a house that many times is unwelcoming and uninviting. I prayed for them.
On this day, I would need that passage, and those in this movement for a better church, more than I would know.
World Youth Day is this July 23-28 — and six Equally Blessed pilgrims are preparing for their journey to Rio de Janeiro, where they plan to be LGBTQ-positive presences at the large gathering of Catholic youth. Here on the 20/30 blog, we’re introducing you to these brave young adults. Next up, Jen Guterman:
Jennifer Guterman, Call To Action member
I feel called because I am a Catholic, an ally, and a human being. As a Catholic, I want to make a life-changing pilgrimage that embraces true equality and justice. As an ally, I want to witness against teachings that exclude so many and demean us all. As a human being, I want to honor our interconnectedness and participate in a more loving and complete vision of church.