I Know Families Like Zach’s. They Bless Me.

I know this will sound like bragging, but I know kids like Zach.
I know mothers like Zach’s mothers.

God blesses us by bringing them to us as members of the Northaven community.
(Sometimes as full members. Sometimes as “friends”)

Being a family is hard work. It takes the love and support of many. That “many” ought to include a loving church community. Most people understand that the support of a church community is one of the things that ever makes “family” possible –for any of us, gay or straight– in the first place.

I’m proud that Northaven members take their calling to love and care for children and families very seriously. I’m proud of the many traditional and LGBT families that feel called to live together in community in our church. I’m proud that we’ve placed an emphasis on ministries with children, youth, and families, and that we’re able to model what the church can be. (Anywhere, really)

I am pleased when we can be a blessing to LGBT families in our community.
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Given the lack of progress at General Conference, I can only hope and pray these families I know, who have found Northaven over the years, stay around now.

Frankly, every single year after General Conference, some leave. Entire families read the headlines, see the lack of change, and decide that, despite the love they feel at our particular church, they cannot support a denomination that does not fully support their family.

Others do not announce they are leaving, but just slip away quietly, never telling a soul. We just stop seeing their faces; the faces of their children.

So, tonight I continue to pray that one day our denomination can come to fully know the grace and blessing of families like Zach’s too, and to know the blessing that they can be to any church.

Because, the truth is, as a denomination?

The loss is ours.

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He’s a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named “best judge” by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

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