Yesterday, an article was published on Religion News Service (RNS) about an event we held in Berkeley on September 7th. The article was subsequently picked up by Washington Post, Huffington Post and a few others.
In it, the journalist talked about the evening itself as well as looking at how social media has fostered change in the hearts and minds of Mormons on topics like our LGBT brothers and sisters.
While I appreciate the coverage, I regret the positioning.
This isn't really about pushing back on Church teaching,
our leadership, or our doctrine. This is about meeting people where they're at,
and helping create a Mormon culture where everyone is welcome, just as they
are--a culture our Savior Himself would foster. A more accurate headline would
be, "Mormons use social media to build connectedness and community inside
a faith that views them as 'different."
We're not the rebels the headline
might believe some to think. We're simply the face of cultural change, and are
engaged in this effort because we love our Savior, we love our fellow Mormons,
and we love our Church--and we want us to be better.
This isn't about rancor.
It's about love.