Friday, January 09, 2009

Q & A

Q. So your boss was on Oprah. Big Deal. Isn't it time to move on and write about something else?

A. Not today. Not when I've spent a good chunk of my day helping respond to emails like these:


Thank you Mr. Bacon for so publicly saying that “gay” is a gift from God. I have struggled with homosexuality for many years. I grew up in the Southern Baptist church and always felt that maybe God didn’t love me because of the way I am. I tried years to change it, but when I finally accepted myself, I began to thank God for who I am. Had I not been a gay man, I may not have had the many talents or the success given my upbringing. I would love to visit the All Saints church. Are there other members from the GLBT community that attend you church?


I just watched Rev. Bacon on the Oprah show and was moved to tears by his kindness and compassion. My father died of stomach cancer when I was 9 years old and on the day he died I stopped believing in God. The Reverends remarks about how God does not give diseases struck me at my very core and I am still crying as I type this. Moreover, his comments to the young gay gentleman were so incredibly kind and loving. I would like to reconnect with God. I live in New York City and was wondering if your church had a sister organization in NYC. I would like to find a Reverend and a church that shares Rev. Bacon's approach to spirituality. Would you be able to recommend a church in New York City? Or perhaps how I may start to figure out how to find one?Any help you could give would be greatly appreciated.


I am a volunteer counselor at a suicide and crisis line for gay teens. When I started training I was staggered by the number of gay teens that attempt suicide, 3 to 1 over their heterosexual counterpart, and now as a counselor I find that most of the calls involve conflict about religion. So many teens across this country are torn between their sexuality and their faith. As a counselor, it is frustrating to have so little to say to be able to ease their often desperate anxiety. Your words on The Oprah Show, I am confident, changed the lives of many kids. There are so many conflicted kids who are trying so hard to do what's right, I know that your words saved some of their lives. I, myself was moved to tears. I wanted to commend you for you bravery and your clarity, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.


Q. Will you proclaim by word and example of the Good News of God in Christ Jesus ... [even on The Oprah Winfrey Show?]

A. I will, with God's help!

And let the people say Amen, Amen, Amen!


uffda51 said...

Amen! How great is it that Ed was heard and people were moved by his words.

JCF said...


"Entertaining angels unawares"