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This week I got a lovely email from an old friend in the Diocese of Texas with whom I worked on issues of LGBTQ inclusion, along with Muffie Moroney, a long time member of St. Stephen’s who died this year. My friend was giving thanks for our friendship and for strides made together. It gave me heart. I recalled how far we have come.

As we enter into Pride activities this weekend and ordain our two seminarians, Lizzie Robbins and Josh Kulak, as deacons, I am mindful that God never calls us to go out all alone. Elijah finds Elisha. Jesus calls the Twelve. Paul has Silas. Two by two is the way we do.

It took a movement and individual witness to move the country and the Church into greater justice. Spirituality is not deepened by individual prayer alone–ask anyone who has lived through COVIDtide. We need companionship along the way to lend strength, heart and wisdom.

I hope that you can drink in joy this weekend as Houstonians walk together to illustrate what justice looks like for LGBTQIA people. Join us for worship this Sunday at 10:30 as we accompany Josh and Lizzie as they exercise their ministries as deacons for the first time. We walk together.

The Reverend Lisa Hunt, Rector