I, like Brueggemann, am supportive of what you are getting at, but I think you have a deep misunderstanding of what he is saying. Listen to the whole interview--part of the underlying logic for his work is that you can't always address something head on if you want to create change. He speaks of King and refers to his speech in which he declares "I have a dream". Brueggemann says that King wasn't talking about the Civil Rights Act, except he was. He lauds King for finding a way to change people's consciousness and the world they inhabit, thus allowing a new stance on an issue to become possible.
As you are a seminarian, perhaps using the concept of the CPE experience can get at the same point. What happens in group work is that others help you mine your own motivations, fears, etc to determine why you are offering that kind of pastoral care. Often it might have to do with your family, your concept of God, your aversion to blood, whatever it might be. They help you to locate factors that encourage you to act in a certain way that previously might have remained at the level of the unconscious.
In a similar way, Brueggemann is saying that the conversation about gays and lesbians in the church is almost futile because that actual issue is not even what those who are "opposed to it" are really even responding to. He thinks that consciously they think they are opposed to these particular people, but that subconsciously, they are revolting against a world that is changing and that threatens their control. Gays and lesbians have only become the target of this fear. Thus, if you cannot help them to understand that their real fear is not about gays and lesbians in the church, then talking to them about gays and lesbians in the church is futile.
I appreciate your views and agree with most all of them, but deciding to use Brueggemann for the basis of it seems off-target. When you re-affirm your use of Brueggemann and double down, it feels irresponsible. Regardless, I wish you well and hope that the imagination of our church is opened in the way that Brueggemann envisions and that you (and I) hope for.
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