The recent news about some excommunications in the Mormon church has occupied my heart and mind for the last many days. I am heart sick at the news. I love people who have opinions and share them. I love people who are willing to be true to themselves. I love people who are truth seekers and have questions. I love people who are leaders and gather people together for meaningful conversation. I love diversity (even when I don’t agree with someone, there is always something to learn!) I’m very sad that two prominent individuals (Kate & John) as well as many others who fit this description have now been banned or have excommunication hearings scheduled, even though they still desire to worship and serve with the community. I personally would love to sit next to these two individuals at church and hear their perspectives and experiences. I’m sad there is not a place for them.
I know that many may disagree with how I feel. But today, instead of discussing who is right or wrong, I thought it would be worthwhile to discuss healing. Has your religion ever disappointed you? Have you ever disagreed strongly with people in your own religion so much that it’s brought about anger or annoyance inside you? Have you healed or is the pain ongoing? What does that healing process look like for you?