I grew up in Virginia in a large, God-fearing home with six brothers, two sisters, and loving parents, who celebrated 56 years of marriage this summer. My mom was the church organist and pianist, and I followed in her footsteps, learning to play both instruments by ear. I loved church and its many rituals. There is no greater inspiration than good ol’ gospel music and preaching in the black church. Hand clapping. Foot stomping. Praise and worship. Call and response. Hallelujah and amen. But there’s one thing I know to be true: You can’t pray the gay away.
Pastor Jones, who is gay, has launched an advice column for those struggling with questions of faith and sexuality on his Facebook fan page. According to Pastor Jones, this issue is especially relevant for people of color, as the taboo against homosexuality in the Black church still lingers.
He himself took the courageous step of coming out publicly on the “Iyanla: Fix My Life” show on the OWN network.
You can hear more from Pastor Jones Tuesday, November 10, at 6:30pm in the ROSMY building at 2311 Westwood Avenue.