Ten Commandments – not just for June

I am the Lord your God, always on the side of the vulnerable and the oppressed, you shall have no other gods before me.

You shall not make for yourself an idol, bowing down to one-man-one-woman marriage, for the stories of my people include many kinds of marriage and many covenants, and I show steadfast love to those who love me and keep my commandment to love all neighbors as themselves.

You shall not make wrongful use the Hebrew Bible or the Christian scriptures by twisting them to condemn any of God’s children, for God’s Word and God’s name are holy.

Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy – particularly you workaholic advocates and allies. Surely there is a lot of work – then party, then rest, then march in a Pride parade. God has blessed sabbath days, different ones for different people, and consecrated them as times for worship, so every house of worship should be open to all God’s children. (‘There’s an MCC down the street’ does not cut it with God)

Honor those who have gone before you in the work of LGBTQIA — recognized names like Bayard Rustin, Harvey Milk, Sophia Burset, Martina Navratilova, and the quiet names in every family, every neighborhood.

You shall not murder transgender people.
You shall not murder immigrants by claiming that violence against gender and orientation minorities does not warrant asylum.

You want to know what adultery means? You shall not send your queer teenagers into homelessness where they are raped, trafficked, beaten, raped again, despaired into suicide.

You shall not steal your neighbor’s right to kiss, your neighbor’s right to dance, your neighbor’s right to a home anywhere, your neighbor’s right to a wedding cake, your neighbor’s right to a locker room and a chosen name on the chalkboard, clothes that feel like home and a toilet.

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor by saying that there is anyone who is not created in the image of God.

You shall not covet your neighbor’s comfort with a Quiltbag of words – you, too, can just Glow; you shall not covet your neighbor’s past commitment – the joke you will object to will be said tomorrow, the School Board meeting you will speak up at will be in September, the banned-book you will request at your library will be written next year.

You shall not covet your neighbor’s rainbow – behold it rests with peace above us all.

Acronyms – Quiltbag — queer and questioning, intersex, lesbian, transgender and two-spirit, bisexual, asexual and ally, and gay and genderqueer. GLOW. Gay, Lesbian or Whatever (Isn’t this a wonderful and creative constantly moving goal? It may make some folks nuts, but, as a poet, I love the fact that we are constantly hunting for words.)

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5 Responses to Ten Commandments – not just for June

  1. Nancy Donovan says:

    All “gifts “are welcoming, but especially yesterday’s “Fathers “ and today’s “10 Commandments” are such powerful reminders
    of the internal reality, individuality of who each of us is . And has a right to be.
    We are all children of the universe, faceted diamonds, each containing all light, but reflecting different aspects of the spectrum. No one color of the rainbow is “the best.”
    If all clergy believed and spoke as you do-
    The world would be a happier place.
    Thank you.

  2. Maren says:

    Goodness you are very welcome!

  3. zazenbps says:

    For/from all the GLOWing people in my life, Thank You!

  4. Elisa says:

    Thank you for these words. Do you go to an MCC? To you find a home among Christians anywhere? I feel that those at my MCC are my chosen family. . .

    • Maren says:

      Hi Elisa, I am a UCC pastor for the last 37 years. I write books for Pilgrim Press, lead writing workshops and work for the state Humanities Council as well as pastoring churches. As of last year I retired from parish work have been writing and doing freelance ministry, writing and teaching and supply preach each week somewhere different. Being itinerant is fun!

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