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

Former astronaut Sally Ride and Presbyterian minister Bear Ride: Trailblazing sisters

The Ride family is an all-American family and at the same time an extraordinary one. Sally and Bear’s parents, Joyce and Dale Ride encouraged them to study hard, to do their best and be anything they wanted to be. In 1983, Newsweek quoted Dale Ride as saying, “We might have encouraged, but mostly we just let them explore.” And, explore they did. Sally explored the stars; Bear explored the heavens, particularly how we can live together respecting all persons as children of God and one human family. I was introduced to the Ride family through More Light Presbyterians.
Washington Post
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July 25, 2012
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Opening his D.C. church to all, including HIV-positive people

Paper fans fluttered and tambourines jingled during the opening hymns of Inner Light Ministries’ Sunday service. July heat had crept into the small, wood-paneled sanctuary early, and the pews were packed. The church was celebrating its 19th anniversary and honoring its founder, Bishop Rainey Cheeks, who has entered his 30th year in ministry.
Washington Post
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July 24, 2012

Presbyterian Church, marriage equality, and a mother's desires

By the time the Presbyterians gather again in Detroit in 2014, Washington will likely be on board [with marriage equality], and perhaps the church will have listened and wisely discerned that arc. Ready or not, PCUSA, Melody stands ready to do the electric slide, sing along to ABBA and even take a few turns around the dance floor to Lady Gaga, but not before she stands in her robe and stole, with arms uplifted and smile beaming, and declares Nathan and his beloved to be married in the eyes of the law, the church, and most importantly, his Creator.
Washington Post
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July 18, 2012
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WATCH: Gay Priest Speaks Against Minnesota Marriage Amendment

Father Bob Pierson, a gay priest in Minnesota, told a group of 200 Catholics last month that they can vote against the amendment that would place a marriage equality ban in the state constitution this November. Pierson, who belongs to a monastic community at St. John’s University in Collegeville, gave the advice in a speech June 10 at an event in Edina, according to MinnPost. The speech has received more than 30,000 views on YouTube, where Minnesotans United for All Families, the coalition working to defeat the ballot measure, posted it.
The Advocate
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July 17, 2012
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