we are a rainbow people

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I have never really liked the image of the melting pot. Dr. Maya Angelou’s vision of a rainbow truly resonates with me for each color (a spectrum of colors itself) is unique, maintaining an identity even as it makes up a part of the whole.

We are a rainbow people, diverse in our colors, sizes, shapes, accents, genders, sexualities, religions, cultures, and abilities. We are different and unique, but we are all people on a journey—a journey in which we are never alone. One of the joys and challenges of belonging to a faith community is the experience of solidarity and fellowship as we grapple with life’s many adventures. As a rainbow people, it is not about being the same and blending into an amorphous blob of gook—it is about owning our differences and, through those differences, journeying together.

As I wrestle with God, trying to make sense of the ups and downs, I am comforted and energized by the knowledge that I am not alone. There are people in my proximity, people around the country and around the world, people from the past whose witness serves as my roots, and there will be people who come after me to pick up where I left off. We are all on this journey together—where I go, they go and where they go, I go. We each carry within us testimonies of triumph and lessons learned from risks gone awry—narratives, images, and experiences from the diverse spectrum that is humanity that help us live into wholeness. Together as a rainbow people, we challenge and we are challenged; we love and are loved; we are comforted and we comfort; we question and we are questioned. We journey together, laughing and crying, in and through our differences and “unique nesses.”

 

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About delfinwaldemar

i am a native of miami, fl and i am of cuban and salvadoran heritage. i am a social worker and queer theologian who is passionate about engaging the intersections of religion, sexuality, race/ethnicity, and justice—specifically around lgbtq issues. i have a master in divinity as well as a master of social work. as an activist scholar of faith, i am interested in creating spaces where individuals and communities are safe and challenged to explore identity, expression, gender, and orientation in their complexities. i enjoy cooking, eating, laughing, writing, photography, eating more, “queerying” theology, and spending time with family and friends--especially my dearly beloved (while also driving him crazy). my approach to life is rooted in la lucha (the struggle)—lifting up our stories and experiences to inspire creative and authentic conversations and actions that thrive outside boxes transgressing dominant narratives. i hope this space will provide folks who feel isolated or disconnected from communities, especially religious one, an opportunity to wrestle and reconnect and re-member and simply be with the sacred. being raised roman catholic, i have felt marginalized and alone because of who i am within my church community--my queerness bars me from being able to pursue ordination and so this blog will be a space for me to share my journey of faith through homilies, pictures, liturgies, rants, queeries...my prayer is that this space become a pulpit and sanctuary, a new way of living into our call to radical holiness juntos...a place where you, me, G-d will caminar juntos y juntas en la lucha. Amen.

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