Stories of Sacred Worth
By Phyllis Burrows
I am very proud to have been chosen to put this book together. I am straight but I do have a story that explains why I care so much for all diverse people, especially the gays and lesbians that we lovingly accept in our church family.
When I was about eight years old, we had a neighbor who was a woman, but she always had her hair cut like a man’s and wore men’s suits and ties, etc. She was a really nice person, but I couldn’t understand why she dressed as she did. One day I asked my mother if she knew the answer.
Mama took me into the living room and had me sit down on the sofa. She told me she wanted me to listen carefully to what she said, and to remember it all my life.
She told me that Jeanette was a very nice woman, but she was different in some ways. She explained that she was attracted to women just as Mama was attracted to my father who was a man. She said that was a God Given attraction, and that there were also men who were attracted to men, and that they were living as they were supposed to live. She told me to continue to like Jeanette, and to respect her and anyone else I would meet whose life was the same.
That was a very long time ago, but I have remembered my mother’s kind words regarding our neighbor, and have always respected any GLBTs I have met. FUMC is a truly outstanding church family, and I am proud to be a member. This booklet is a tribute to everyone who has the courage to live their God-Given Attraction.