Pink Mom

I am going to Phoenix 2013, in the heat of mid-summer.

You heard me right. I am a middle aged woman voluntarily going to Phoenix, Arizona in the Middle of Summer. I’m going to be so hot I will be turning pink.But that’s exactly why I am going: I’m going to Phoenix to be Pink.

I am a student at a Mennonite seminary, but I’m not going so I can have theological debates about homosexuality. I oppose church policies that disenfranchise many, including LGBT people and their families.

But I am not going to Phoenix to accuse and alienate those who disagree with me.
No. I am going to Phoenix for one reason: to open my arms. I am going so I can be a Pink Mom.

For what I have discovered is that, unbelievably to me, there are still LGBT young people especially, who have never had a mom, or an aunt, or a dad, or a uncle hug them and say “I love you. You are known and loved by God. Every part of you is precious, exactly as you are.”

There are also young LGBT people who have never heard someone say, “You are so needed in our church. We need your gifts and your talents; how are things going for you? You are known and loved by God and you belong to us. You belong.”

Don’t get me wrong. Please, don’t. Many moms and dads, families and churches love LGBT young people. We all believe in embracing each other as Christ embraces us. But there are often parts left unloved, unaccepted and shamed.

That is why I’m trying to keep it simple. That’s pretty much it. I’m going to Phoenix because I feel called to be there.

So, if you see a middle aged woman crammed into a pink t-shirt don’t be alarmed. I’m not going to Phoenix to be a fashion statement: I’m going to be a Pink Mom. I hope other Moms will join me. You can find me in the Hospitality Room at the Renaissance Hotel. They’re all our kids after all, and they need us.

-Audrey Roth-Kraybill

7 comments on “Pink Mom
  1. Marilyn Yoder says:

    Go, girl! With my blessings and prayer. I’m a grandmother who cannot make the trip. But am so happy to see others comitted to loving and encouraging. We are all precious to our loving Parent.

    • Kelli Yoder says:

      And such a wonderfully supportive grandmother at that! 🙂

    • Ruby Lehman says:

      I am so glad you are going to Phoenix as a Pink Menno Mom! I don’t plan on being there in person, but I’ll surely be there in spirit. I enjoyed going to Pittsburgh as a Pink Menno Grandmother. (I made my own badge.) I also enjoyed going to Columbus when Pink Menno was just born. The hospitality room was a wonderful, loving place.
      Good things happen there!! Audrey, many will enjoy your open arms, and you will enjoy many hugs in return.

      • Audrey Roth Kraybill says:

        You have led the way and are such an inspiration. You have been a great role model for me.
        I am so grateful to you for being “Pink Mom and Grandma”. Blessings to you. You will be missed at Phoenix but your spirit will be there.
        With love and gratitude,

  2. Randy Spaulding says:

    Thanks, Audrey, for being a MCUSA family member that subversively says “you belong” and shows it by your presence in Phoenix. As a dis-membered Mennonite that has now found welcome and belonging in a the Unitarian Universalist family, I wish you blessings and Peace!

  3. Rachel Kraybill Stahl says:

    Thank you, Audrey, from the bottom of my heart!

  4. Lynne Sancken says:

    Count me in as a Pink Menno Mom. Although I won’t be at the convention, I will be supporting you in prayer. And say hi to my son while you’re there.