Since 2004, I have been proudly working in social justice ministry. Being the co-founder of Operation: REBIRTH (www.operationrebirth.com) has been a joyous (and sometimes frustrating) labor of love. Over the years, I’ve been blessed to meet hundreds of people, speak on countless panels, conduct workshops, appear at book signings and preach at churches all over the country. I have been adamant that Operation: REBIRTH would not be an organization, but a movement whereby homophobia is defeated, and justice reigns for all people.
The first thing we did with Operation: REBIRTH was to call the churches who preach and practice homophobia to the carpet in hopes of creating dialogue that would bring the community together so much needed healing could begin. We learned early on that as marginalized people, if we are ever going to make ground in claiming our rightful places we will have to work together to make it happen. Unfortunately, the church seems to be uninterested in embracing diversity. So, Operation: REBIRTH took the stance that we would support the LGBT affirming or “radically inclusive” churches to build. Once again we found that in most cases, the affirming churches were more interested in building big churches vs. building strong communities.
So, here we are in 2011. After years of not updating the O.R. website, we are still seeing thousands of hits per month. We are still getting hundreds of emails from all over the world asking for support, pleas for prayer, and asking if there is anything we can do to help people gain momentum in their communities. We are proud to say we have helped people and are still regarded as leaders in the fight to kill homophobia and injustice. Me and my partner in crime are amazed that something started seven years ago is still relevant work. And no matter how badly we wanted to just let it go and be whatever it has been, we can’t. The need for Operation: REBIRTH is too great. This is something that is bigger than we thought it would be. The work is bigger than us.
So, as co-founder of this profound movement, I would like to reiterate that YOU are Operation: REBIRTH! I also ask what are you doing… what work CAN you do to help take the movement further? What can you do to make Operation: REBIRTH a living and breathing organism, and not just a website or group on Facebook? And since “silence equals consent”, what is your voice saying?
I promised GOD that I would honor the ancestors and the loved ones I’ve lost over the years by fighting the good fight of faith by empowering as many people as I could to lift their voices and cry out against injustice or abuse in any form. Join with me and countless others all over the world. Together, we can continue the legacy of those who came before us and make the world a better place for those following in our footsteps.
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