Thursday, August 2, 2007

More on Sacrament Meeting attendance

There is another discussion here (Millennial Star) on whether gay families would be welcome in Sacrament Meeting and under what conditions their attendance might be tolerated.

3 comments:

Scot said...

I could conduct an experiment, but I'll need funding… ;-)

J G-W said...

I think I mentioned this on my blog, in a post about my partner. Years ago, we went to Church with my parents at their ward in eastern Massachusetts. During the Sacrament, we did what we always do when we're sitting next to each other... I reached over and held his hand.

Nobody said a word... Until we were gone. Afterwards people were outraged. "Did you see what the Wrathalls' boy was doing??!!" Word got back to my parents; after that, we weren't invited back to Church. This was a point in time when my parents were still pretty sensitive to how folks in the ward viewed them because of me.

I heard all of this much later from the wife of the man who was bishop at the time. We were just kind of shocked that we had so much power to offend, with such a little thing...

J G-W said...

Thanks for your comments on my blog... I really appreciate it. "Thanks" for pointing me to the Millennial Star blog. It was a painful and exasperating experience, but I was able to connect with MikeInWeHo as a result of it, and that was a good thing...

I don't suppose you will happen to be in Salt Lake next weekend for Sunstone. But my partner and I do have plans to visit your fair island in the not too distant future... I hope we can have an opportunity to meet.