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Stephen Cone’s film The Wise Kids, which opened at ReRun Gastropub Theater in Brooklyn this past weekend, is a refreshing take on youth sexuality, both gay and straight, in Southern Baptist communities. Set in Charleston, South Carolina, the film features three high school seniors: About-to-come-out Tim, doubting preacher’s daughter Brea, and biblical literalist Laura, who all confront issues of identity, self-acceptance, and faith.
At midnight on Friday, March 12, Indiana lawmakers wrapped up their 2012 legislative session. While a number of pressing items might have made headlines during the session's final days, in the end it felt to many observers like the highest priority facing some members of the General Assembly was revoking a hard earned, specialty license plate that demonstrates support for LGBT youth.
Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries (ELM) expands ministry opportunities for publicly-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people to lead in the Lutheran church as ordained pastors and rostered lay leaders. They believe that supporting ministry by LGBT leaders will change the church, and thereby, transform society to become more fully inclusive of all people.
The story of Barbara Johnson, a lesbian who was denied communion at her mother’s funeral because she lives with a woman, rattled the airwaves this week.
Within Christian traditions, liturgy is a pattern for worship used (whether recommended or prescribed) by a Christian congregation or denomination on a regular basis. Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Roman Catholics, Anglican, Reformed/Presbyterian, United Methodist, and Lutheran traditions have the “Eucharist” as a rite. Other Protestant traditions rarely use this exact term, preferring either "Communion", "the Lord's Supper", or "the Breaking of Bread.”
Governor of Maryland Martin O'Malley made history today by signing the state's marriage equality bill into law. Maryland is the eighth state to legally allow marriage for same-sex couples.
Faith leaders from Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish faith traditions weigh in on LGBT equality in Minnesota, where an amendment banning marriage equality has been proposed. Members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) showed their support for LGBT equality in an overwhelming vote to oppose the amendment.