Hi, my fraternal brothers.

My remarks on this.

As a shy & lonely gay boy/man. I have tried to connect with a religion/church/community, that accepts me (as a child of God) into their fold. One that does not condemn me to hell. Or tells me that I am not in God's image or likeness (Catholic beliefs). I do not belong in his church, as God intended, as I continue to live in sin.

About two months ago a brother of mine here in MS gave me an address where I could connect with other gay persons in a community social atmosphere. Mainly to try and shed some of my shyness & isolation. Spirituality wasn't in my plan then.

So, I became a member of the Gay/Lesbian MCC community, in Joplin. MO.

We tend to isolate ourselves, from others because of what happened yo us.

So there I have found both a community of like persons, Gay & lesbian. We socialise together. Thus for me, trying to move further out from my shyness & isolation in intermingling with others. I was not judged. I was welcomed with open minds & hearts.

At the same time making a move in my spirituality. My MCC community is exclusively for Gay persons. The pastor is himself gay & in a partnership, as I'm sure the others are also. At the current time I am alone. I am welcomed to participate in their church services, when I am ready to accept God's graces.

We,can be gay & survivors. We can accept spirituality from a church that accepts us as children of God. Something that you certainly can not find in the Catholic religion & possibly the Southern Baptist as well.

In summary, I am Gay. I can have spirituality in the MCC community. And I will be a survivor..eventually.

My two cents worth.

Heal well, my fraternal brothers, heal well.

"I will take that lost boys hand, and I will lead him from the depths of darkness, into the sunshine, forever into eternity." As he is me.

Pete..Irishmoose.

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Working Boys' Home 10-14 yrs old, grades 5-8. 1949-1953
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A very humble alumni of the WOR Dahlonega, GA.
May 15-17 2009, Alta, Sep. 2009. Sequoia, 2010.
Hope Springs, 2010.