Prayer by Rev. Marie Alford-Harkey

Holy one, we know you by many names or no name at all, because your mystery and complexity are boundless. Likewise, we have many names for our sexual and gender identities. We give thanks for the diversity of human sexuality. We acknowledge that at times we fall short of honoring that diversity by holding too tightly to divisions and categories. Help us to honor the identities and experiences of all people and to create a world where everyone can live with authenticity and dignity.

The Rev. Marie Alford-Harkey is the president and CEO of the Religious Institute, a national multifaith nonprofit dedicated to advocating for sexual health, education, and justice in faith communities and society. Rev. Marie Alford-Harkey is the lead author of the Religious Institute publication Making the Invisible Visible: Bisexuality in Faith Communities.

We mark this and other LGBTQ+ Days of Observance as part of our commitment to Welcoming Congregations practices. Click here to learn more.

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