Building Your Own Table

Dear readers,

First of all, thank you for your endless support and encouragement as this tiny little platform continues to grow and change, expanding in new directions that I could not have expected at the start of this year.

The first post I released this year was The Lie of Inclusion, and in that post, I described the ways that white conservative Christian spaces often exclude the voices they need to hear from the most because they completely disrupt the status quo. I vaguely shared some of my own experiences of almost being accepted, but only as long as I did not confront the exclusive nature of these spaces.

In that post, I described a need to create my own spaces and tables so that the energy typically spent on gaining acceptance can be used to further the work of mercy in the world through thoughtful challenges, encouragement, and education. This past year, I have taken my own advice and I have been working diligently to do just that.

This was one of the best decisions I could have made.

As I raised my volume, I increased my frequency of posting and shared more of my thoughts on queer inclusion in church, intersectionality, and social justice. My thoughts, ideas, and theological beliefs have changed over the course of a single year and I tried my best to update you all along the way.

Throughout much of this year, I grew nervous about the potential backlash I may face online and/or in person for speaking harsh truths that seek to challenge the status quo, but over time, I came to a liberating realization: when I create my own platform, the backlash that may have limited me in white heternormative and racist spaces cannot limit me in a space that I have created.

While I am still accountable to those who love and support me, my ability to encourage people who identify with my experiences and to educate those who do not is not ended the moment I challenge someone else’s worldview. For starters, the people who speak into my life would never discourage my capacity to speak truth. Additionally, the reason I am creating my own platform is to avoid the gatekeeping of most conservative Christian spaces, white queer spaces, and any other spaces who are committed to only hearing from those who reinforce a system privilege.

With that being said, going into the new year, I am filled with excitement for what is to come. My volume is only going to increase and I am preparing for my perspectives to become tangible.

I am creating actual resources for churches and ministry leaders and I am working on more resources to encourage queer people in faith communities. I am prayerfully stepping into a season of growth and I am so excited for you to join me on this journey.

In the coming months, I will be announcing new ways to tangibly support this tiny platform, so please be on the lookout for those opportunities. Every single person that reads, shares, and engages with my words helps this tiny platform become a little bit louder and a little more accessible.

If you feel like you do not have a seat at the table to create change, build your own table. It is better to have a seat at a lonely table than to try and squeeze into a table that never wanted you there to begin with. Eventually, others will join you and you will make a noise and inspire others to do the same.

With love,
Joe

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