The article begins:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) By her own count, Bishop Yvette Flunder has officiated at 149 funerals for victims of AIDS and HIV. Her office in Oakland, Calif., contains the ashes from some of those funerals after family members refused to claim them.
In recent weeks, she’s been celebrated and castigated for being an African-American bishop who’s legally married to another woman.
But when the time came for her to speak at a small Baptist college in this Bible Belt city, she chose to forgive the black clergymen who called her appearance a “travesty of the highest order.”
“I’m not using my energy for useless fights,” the third-generation preacher said at the end of a rousing sermon on Tuesday (March 17). “I’m using my energy to find peace. Let there be peace on earth.”
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I am at a loss for adequate words to express my gratitude and respect for the way in which Mother and I were surrounded and bathed in love by the leadership of TFAM and our City of Refuge family. We had 5 armed guards surrounding us everywhere we went, and although I am grateful that our hosts took our safety seriously, that safety paled in comparison to the powerful spiritual shield of the prayers from home and the physical presence of the TFAM warriors. The enemies of justice did not have a chance to prevail. Everyone came at their own expense and I want to thank
Pastor Sonya Williams & Lady Regina
Bishop Phyllis Penesse
Bishop Alex Byrd
Pastor Marvin Roberts
Pastor Troy Sanders
Pastor Kendal Brown
Pastor Roger Hayes
Pastor Darren Harris
Brother Tim Daniels
Pastor Freedom Gulley who helped us navigate the Baptist waters and special thanks to Pastor Vanessa Brown, who co-ordinated my schedule on the ground and stayed right next to me all the way through my journey from Nashville to New Jersey and my visit to Drew.
I also want to make special mention of Dr. Sylvia Rhue and Sis Ann Craig and 'The Rev' Sophia Jackson for my travel logistics and press coordination.
Pastor Ann Jefferson and COR Pastors and prayer warriors prayed us out of the door, to engage the insults vitriol and hatefulness designed to break us and we prevailed, on the wings of the prayers of the Saints.
What was meant for evil has worked for our good. Our message of love and acceptance went global in a week, accompanied by more press than we could ever afford.
Great is God's Faithfulness!
I am Yours as long as God lets me live,
Presiding Prelate, Bishop Yvette Adrian Flunder has accepted a position as a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) beginning May 21, 2015. PACHA is a selection of approximately 25 member council appointed to provide advice, information, and recommendations to the White House and U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services, regarding programs and policies intended to promote effective prevention of HIV disease, and to advance research on HIV disease and AIDS.
The White House asks PACHA to provide, on an ongoing basis, recommendations on how to effectively implement the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, as well as monitor the Strategy’s implementation. Management and support services are provided by the White House Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
This appointment is a tremendous affirmation of the contributions she has made to our nation’s 30-year fight against this epidemic and the issues surrounding it … She is to be congratulated and honored!