I am a 24 year-old graduate student at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. I am a UUA-Humanist with deep interest in the use of religious symbols, rituals and language and how this connects us to our true human nature. I believe that these things are necessary for a functioning society and I am severly bothered by both the disappearance of public and civic religious practices as well as the idolization of the existing practices that lead to division.I have a deep appreciation for art and music and the role they play in our religious lives.I am interested in observing and recording the devolpment of religious language and ritual in public places under this new president. I think there is an opportunity for religioun to be revived as a source of community building as opposed to one of division under the false guise of "family values" as it was under the previous administration.I am also deeply interested in full GLBTQ participation in religious rituals, as well as the unique gifts, stories, and perspectives that they bring. The rejection of these gifts, stories, and perspectives, in my opinion, has been one of the greatest crimes of the Christian church in the past 50 years. I think it is time for the church to be both inclusive of GLBTQ people and understand how historically and presently they participate in exclusion, and how they can act now for inclusion.
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