Religion and Faith

News of LGBT and allied people of faith, and stories that show the ways in which people of faith interact with the LGBT community

Openly gay bishop elect to march with Lutherans at LA Pride

Openly gay Lutheran bishop-elect Guy Erwin will join the contingent of Lutherans who participate in the Los Angeles Pride march tomorrow. It's been a tradition for the Lutheran bishop to ride in a car during the march, and Erwin will now be able to ride as Bishop-elect.

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On gay bishops, what a difference a decade makes

Religious institutions of all stripes are asking this big question: Could the church have gotten it wrong in using a few verses of scripture to condemn homosexual people, just as it got it wrong about using isolated verses to justify slavery and the denigration/subjugation of women? More and more religious people and institutions are moving toward a “yes” in response to that question. The church has misunderstood God’s will before, but over time, we get it right. I believe that this is one of those moments.

Washington Post
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June 7, 2013

Church of England gives up fight against marriage equality

The Church of England has issued a statement officially declaring that they will no longer work to obstruct the passage of the marriage equality bill that is currently going through Parliament.
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Take action now! #StandWithMaryAnn

Take action to help support a candidate for ministry in the United Methodist Church. In breaking news, Mary Ann Kaiser was removed from the ordination process by the Southwest Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church for her sexual orientation.

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Approval of marriage equality is rising for every religious group, Pew finds

A slideshow study released this week by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life shows that “Americans’ opinions on same-sex marriage have changed markedly since 2001,” when 57% of the overall U.S. population said they opposed the practice. Now, the tide has shifted so that half of Americans favor the practice and only 43% do not.

 

Religion News Service
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June 7, 2013

Ohio Pro-LGBT Catholic uninvited to speak at graduation

Two months ago, Franklin County Commissioner in Ohio, John O'Grady, was given the honor of delivering the commencement speech at Bishop Ready High School. Just prior to the graduation ceremony, O'Grady was contacted by school officials to tell him he would no longer be needed for the commencement speech because of O'Grady's position as co-chairman of the Freedom to Marry initiative supporting marriage equality in the state of Ohio.

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Pro-LGBT MN church egged and vandalized with anti-LGBT scriptures

On Sunday, members of Pilgrims United Church of Christ in Maple Grove, Minnesota were met with eggs splattered on the windows of the church and Bible passages that are often used to condemn LGBT people scrawled across the exterior walls.

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Churches split on Scouts' welcoming of gay youth

In suburban Atlanta, northern Idaho and a number of other places, churches have moved swiftly to sever ties with the Boy Scouts of America in protest over the vote last month to let openly gay boys participate in Scouting. In all, about 70 percent of the 116,000 Scout units in the United States are sponsored by religious organizations. Many are liberal denominations that welcomed the change of policy on gay youths and want the Boy Scouts to go further by lifting the still-intact ban on gays serving as adult leaders.
Daily Journal Online
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June 7, 2013

A queer atheist in the heart of Mormon country

Queer atheist writer Chris Stedman writes about his experiences in Utah while visiting to speak at “Intersecting Convictions,” an interfaith conference. The conference was held in early March at Utah Valley University, a publicly funded university in Orem, Utah, about one hour south of Salt Lake City. Audience participants and sponsors from both BYU and UVU helped bring the event into being.
Religion Dispatches
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June 7, 2013

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