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Archive for January, 2013

My, My, My

In the Black church, it is common to hear someone say “My, my, my” during the sermon. This happens when the words spoken by the preacher resonates with the listener’s spirit. It is a recognition that Truth has been spoken. “My, my, my” indicates a change of heart, and ideally, when one leaves the pew, a change of behavior. Read more

Presbyterian Clergy Call for an End to Ban on Gay Scouts

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is actively considering an end to its decades-long ban on gay scouts and leaders. If adopted, discriminatory language would be removed from the national organization’s rules leaving local scout troops to decide on admitting gay scouts and leaders. Read more

Mr. President, How About Trans People?

President Obama made history by mentioning gay rights and the Stonewall uprising in his inaugural speech last week. Sadie Croft, an 11-year-old transgender girl, wondered why trans people were not referenced in the speech and wrote President Obama a short essay. Read more

Longing for Safe Homes, Churches and Nations

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, Moderator of the Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), read Isaiah 55:6-11 at President Obama’s Interfaith Prayer Service at the Washington National Cathedral on Tuesday following the Inauguration. The National Cathedral recently announced plans to marry same gender couples.

GLAAD writes: “The prayer services dates back to President George Washington. It is a significant sign of progress that LGBT and affirming faith leaders will be included in this year’s inauguration.” Read more

Seneca Falls, Selma, and Stonewall

When President Obama used the word “gay” in his Monday inaugural address in reference to sexual orientation, it was a first for any inaugural address in American history.

“Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.” Read more

We’ve Come Too Far to Turn Back

All creeds and cultures
Were comfortable in
His giant embrace
And all just causes
Were his to support and extol
Through sermons and allocutions
With praise songs and orations Read more

Teaching Elders Impacted in Marriage Equality & Civil Union States

More Light Presbyterians has compiled an approximate count of Teaching Elders in the Presbyterian Church (USA) who minister in states that provide marriage equality or civil unions for same gender couples. Current PC(USA) policy places many of these clergy in an untenable situation – choosing to provide this pastoral care for the people they’ve been called to serve, or withholding it in order to comply with the current language in the Directory for Worship in the Book of OrderStand for Love provides Teaching Elders with the opportunity to proclaim the witness that Christian marriage is not limited to heterosexual couples, in obedience to their ordination vow to “show the love and justice of Jesus Christ.” As marriage equality initiatives in Illinois, Minnesota, Oregon, Rhode Island and other states achieve success, and as the Supreme court reviews California’s Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act, the number of PC(USA) clergy who minister under this dichotomy will only increase. Read more

Jeanne Manford: “I Have a Homosexual Son and I Love Him.”

Jeanne Manford, founder of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), died last week at 92. PFLAG now has 350 chapters and more than 200,000 members and supporters in the United States.

At the 2009 Human Rights Campaign Dinner, President Obama praised Manford as the story of America, “of ordinary citizens organizing, agitating and advocating for change; of hope stronger than hate; of love more powerful than any insult or injury; of Americans fighting to build for themselves and their families a nation in which no one is a second-class citizen, in which no one is denied their basic rights, in which all of us are free to live and love as we see fit.” Read more

Prominent Evangelical Leader Supports Same Gender Relationships

Tony Campolo describes Rev. Steve Chalke as “one of the most prominent preachers in the United Kingdom, and an icon among Evangelicals.” As the United Kingdom considers extending marriage to same-sex couples, Chalke has published a statement supporting committed, faithful, same gender relationships. According to Campolo, the statement has ramifications for Evangelicals around the world. Read more

How Same Gender Marriage Strengthens All Our Marriages

In a National Public Radio interview with The Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the Washington National Cathedral, he discusses how same gender marriages can inform straight marriages and how those lessons are woven into the new Episcopal rite for blessing same gender couples. Read more