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
Archive for January, 2013
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
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
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 Order. Stand 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, 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
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