And then -- yesterday afternoon -- my phone rang, and it was a young man named Jamie ... planning to "call in gay today" and looking for a place to volunteer!
He said he decided to call All Saints because we were in the forefront of the No on 8 campaign and he wanted to give something back to a church that stood up to the religious voices sponsoring discrimination.
As luck (karma, the Holy Spirit or serendipity) would have it, today is the day we celebrate volunteers here at All Saints Church with the annual "Shrimp Party" and so I had our volunteer coordinator give Jamie a call and he showed up at 10am sharp and helped decorate tables, set up cheese platters and generally make the party happen.
And he's coming back ... on Sunday to the 11:15 service ... with his husband.
So instead of a day-without-a-gay, December 10th turned into "bringing in the sheaves" at All Saints Church ... and yet-another one of those "who knew there was a church like this down the block!" moments.
Here's Jamie with me and Santa ... and may I just say, in closing (which of course I can, since this is my blog!) that we would be a lot better off as a church if we spent just a LITTLE more time focusing on who will COME to us because of the inclusive love of God in Christ Jesus proclaimed by our work and by our witness and a LOT less time focusing on those who think we're going to hell in a hand-basket.
And we don't need to wait for the next "Day Without a Gay" Day to do it!