TOMORROW I turn 42.
In the first novel and radio series of Douglas Adams‘ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, a group of hyper-intelligent pan-dimensional beings demand to learn the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything from the supercomputer, Deep Thought, specially built for this purpose. It takes Deep Thought 7½ million years to compute and check the answer, which turns out to be 42. The Ultimate Question itself is unknown.
If you don’t know the story, you might enjoy this clip from the BBC TV series:
So, having reached this auspicious age, do I have the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything?
Do I even know what the question is?
Do I have something to say that might help, inspire and motivate others to make a difference?
Perhaps – time will tell. Increasingly I have come to believe that I do.
Last week I saw a poster titled ‘How To Build Community’ which contained the words:
Know that no-one is silent, though many are not heard. Work to change this.
I read this as an invitation and a challenge. This blog is an attempt to be heard, not just for myself, but for other lesbian, gay and bisexual Christians who struggle with their sexual orientation in faith communities that judge them, at best, to be defective heterosexuals, rather than recognising and valuing the gifts and insights that embracing their diversity can bring.
This is a new beginning. I aim to reflect both my experience and of those who have shared with me on our journey to self-acceptance, as well as comment on current issues in the LGBT and Christian communities, especially the international campaign for marriage equality and what this means for the churches. I am particularly interested in exploring ‘coming out’, as gay in the Christian community, and as a Christian in the gay community, and what this means for our identity and our faith.