Religion News Summary: Bishop Brouhaha, Black Pastors Speaking Out, and Getting into the Spirit of Spirit Day

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Spirit Day is next Friday, when millions of people, churches, synagogues, organizations, businesses, and media groups will go purple to oppose bullying and support LGBT youth. Even “Chaplain to the Colbert Report” has tweeted his support. In the 19 Days of Action, Day Seven was to ask your place of worship to go purple. There is still time to take the Spirit Day Pledge or register your organization as a Spirit Day Endorser.

Bishops in San Francisco got into a snit when the pro-LGBT Episcopal Bishop Marc Andrus was detained at the installation of anti-LGBT Roman Catholic Bishop, Salvatore Cordileone. But he’s not alone. Bishop John Nienstedt, the main Catholic activist behind the Minnesota anti-marriage equality amendment, was featured in a lengthy profile, but the most interesting story was when he told one mother to stop supporting her gay child at the risk of her salvation. Even as the Roman Catholic hierarchy cries about “religious freedom”, Catholics are still incredibly supportive of LGBT people.

However, in Maryland, Black Church leaders are gaining their pro-equality voices, and even starring in marriage equality ads. Cedric Harmon says this is because they are talking to one another. A prominent Spokane, Washington, clergyman is also supporting marriage equality. And UCC clergy are leading organizing efforts and even offering their buildings in Minnesota.

In lighter and easier news, Middle Church is releasing their CD “Welcome” with television and Broadway actor Tituss Burgess and Ed Ness of The Evangelical Network talks to Swirl Radio about being a gay Christian.



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