As someone who has spent time on the far right of both religion and politics and now finds myself having shifted significantly to the left, faith and political spaces represent an intriguing range of emotions for me. They are spaces filled with reminders of past friendships lost and of new communities gained, spaces of enormous hope and crushing defeat.  But I have to admit that my mood was pretty neutral this past Sunday night as I drove my car through the gate of the community in Marblehead, Ohio known as Lakeside.

The Sunday after the United Methodist Church’s global lawmaking body met in St. Louis and voted to strengthen bans on same-sex marriage and LGBTQIA+ clergy, I spent a morning wearing my rainbow stole outside of Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church telling people in suburban Columbus that God loves even me.