May 2 to 10, 2009
Solidarity Greetings from the WSCF Asia-Pacific region! It is with great happiness and excitement that I convey this message of solidarity to all of you participating in the SHINE Gathering and General Conference of SCM Canada!
We stand in solidarity and offer our support to all of you as you affirm your commitment to inclusion and liberation to the LGBTQIA people and all oppressed people in Canada. We believe that liberation projects are core to the mission and prophetic vision of the SCMs and WSCF. As progressive Christian, we are called to take the sides of the marginalized, oppressed and the poor as Jesus Christ himself did in Luke 4:16-21. We are called to do justice, to love unconditionally in Micah 6:8 by a God that knows no boundaries and liberates people from all forms of oppression.
The liberation from oppression, discrimination, marginalization of LGBTQIA is integral to our vision of a “New Heaven and a New Earth” and should not be seen in isolation from the struggles other oppressed people due to class, race, gender, and ethnicity. The inter-section of the different oppressions experienced by different people provides the key framework from which strategic solidarities are forged across broad sectors, where the struggle of liberation of one is the struggle of liberation of all. Where the liberation of each of our LGBTQIA brothers and sisters, is a liberation of all. We ought to be liberated not only from one but from all forms of systemic, historical and structural oppressions that dominates our lives, our beings and our futures. We also ought to recognize the diversity of the LGBTQIA movements as they play a distinct and important role in the struggle against the Empire and its principalities.
The struggle for liberation is a spiritual journey and a political project. We nurture our Faith in a liberating God and affirm each other in an inclusive and positive community. We celebrate the Spirit that binds us and motivates us to struggle for liberation. We live out our Faith and participate in political processes to change systems and structures that perpetuates oppression and marginalization. We set our goals and objectives, we organize, we mobilize, we campaign, we network with movements that share our ethos and vision and stand in solidarity with their struggles as well.
As you gather in this Conference, may you find comfort, inspiration and strength in the thought that SCMers in the Asia-Pacific region are one with your struggle for inclusion and liberation of LGBTQIA and we commit ourselves to journeying with you until our vision is fulfilled. May the spirit of our loving and gracious God be with you all and guide you in this conference!
In conclusion, I would like to share this prayer from the Franciscan benediction, to inspire and keep the fire of liberation burning in our hearts:
May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers,
half-truths, and superficial relationships,
So that you may live deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger
At injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people,
So that you are may work for justice, freedom and peace.
May God bless you with tears
To shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, and hunger,
So that you may reach out your hand to comfort them
and to turn their pain into joy.
And may God bless you with enough foolishness
To believe that you can make a difference in the world
So that you can do what others claim cannot be done
To bring justice, peace and kindness to all our children and the poor. Amen.
In God’s peace, solidarity and struggle,
Necta Montes Rocas