Juicy Ecumenism (doncha jus luv that name) the following celebration took place:
Washington National Cathedral officials hosted a special service for
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) persons the day of U.S.
Supreme Court rulings that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and
effectively overturned California’s voter-approved Proposition 8.
Advertised as “a service of thanksgiving celebrating an increase in
compassion and equality,” the June 27 ceremony sought to place the
Supreme Court rulings within the narrative of liberation struggles.
A congregation of approximately 300 clustered at the front of the
Episcopal cathedral, still undergoing repairs from a 2011 earthquake.
Chairs were arranged to face the procession. While the congregation was
overwhelmingly middle-aged whites, songs were often African in origin,
such as “Siyahamba” in which participants declared “we are marching in
the light of God” accompanied by djembe drums. Several congregants
enthusiastically waved rainbow flags emblazoned with the word “equality”
as choir and clergy processed in to the Zimbabwean song “Uyai Mose”
(Come, All You People).
What I do not get is why a GLBT would use African drums, rhythms, and songs to celebrate something which the African Christians largely eschew and disdain? I thoroughly understand though do not agree with the desire to link up the civil rights movement with the GLBT "liberation." What I find odd is that these folks would celebrate their seeming victory from SCOTUS to the sound of music drawn from one place where the GLBT movement has heard a pretty resounding "no" from the African churches. Maybe they are convinced that the addiction to liberal cash will change the minds of these African Christians but so far they have not moved much from the solid front of opposition against the redefinition of marriage and the acceptance of the GLBT social agenda as a Christian goal.
But.... what do I know...