To Jim Swilley,
This weekend I happen to be surfing the web and somehow landed on your story of truth. There are so many things I wish to express after spending time researching your story both in the past and present. However I will not try here.
Simply, all I want to say is THANK YOU!
Observing your courage to openly express the truth of your being gay to your spiritual community was uplifting to me. I am a 56yo, African American gay man whose journey has been somewhat similar. I am not a minister but have been a musician of sorts throughout my life in the church. Having walked the Christian, Non-denomination, and now Unity path, I reached a point where I felt confused and challenged by trying to be truthful to my gayness while being a man of faith.
You have inspired me to continue the journey and have faith that God loves me. I have a bit of fear as I get older and look towards my future. I think by finding your ministry I will be able to connect to an online community that will help me navigate that journey in a positive.
I look forward to continuing to following, no connecting, to you and your ministry!
Peace and Blessings