It’s been a few days, but I am still reeling from this conversation.
I am immensely grateful that Bebo Bharwani joins me in this week’s episode.
Char had the idea of inviting Bebo to the podcast after we saw a post of his on Instagram. It was a poster with that said God’s invitation is to be a guest at the banquet, and not a guard at the door—in a rainbow color scheme. His caption reads:
I had members in the church that were members of the LGTBQ community, they could tell that I personally stood for full inclusion, but felt my struggle to come out. They never pressured me, they understood what being “closetted” felt like. I saw Jesus in the grace and friendship they lavished on me and my wife.
My coming out in support of the LGBTQ community, as scary and painful as it was doesn’t hold a candle to the heart ache and pain they had gone through. They have taught this scared man some courage.
Today, I push my fear aside to stand with them, in their fight for equal rights.
Seeing that post made us feel like we were not alone in a way that we hadn’t felt in years.
Bearing witness to a soul being bared, scars and all, affects me in a strange way. It moves me so, reaching places that tragedy and laughter only sometimes do. It makes me bare my own soul, shows me scars that I didn’t know were there, and reminds me to step aside and let healing happen.
Healing. I think that’s what I experienced in my conversation with Bebo. It’s very much like being a guest at a banquet of grace.
This is for the ‘unchurched’, the Christian, the seeker, the LGBTQ community, and their allies.
Special guest Bebo Bharwani is the pastor of Arc: a Church of Cross and Table. He walks me through the mind and soul work he experienced to become the man I seem him as: vulnerable, truthful, wise, incredibly humble, and a staunch ally of the LGBTQ community. This one hits close to home. It’s my bleediest podcast yet.
- @church_arc on Instagram
- Bebo’s Instagram post
- ‘How the Station of the Cross became a yearly tradition at Bonifacio High Street’ — ANCX
- Bebo’s Conversation Cuisine
- Konmari — The Official Website of Marie Kondo
- The Moment Group
- Super Potato’s Theme
Outro instrumental: “Chords For David” feat. Jlbrock by Pitx copyright 2011 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license.
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