A popular music teacher at St. Ann Catholic School, north of St. Louis, Missouri, recently was fired after church officials learned that he planned to marry his male partner of 20 years in New York, one of a handful of states where same-sex marriage is legal. The teacher, Al Fischer, confirmed that he was fired Feb. 17 from his job of four years at the school.
Deep in grief, Barbara Johnson stood first in the line for Communion at her mother’s funeral Saturday morning. But the priest in front of her immediately made it clear that she would not receive the sacramental bread and wine.
For each of the last five years, the Unitarian Universalist Association has filed shareholder resolutions with Verizon Communications to urge the corporation to add “gender identity or expression” to its non-discrimination policy. In mid-February, Verizon notified the UUA that it has agreed to adopt the policy, which provides protection to transgender people and those in transition.
Black History Month is a time for honoring and celebrating the achievements of African Americans and their institutions, including the Black Church. In 2000, Union United Methodist Church (UUMC) in Boston adopted a unanimous resolution to enthusiastically welcome LGBT worshippers.
Foundry United Methodist Church has joined a growing grassroots movement within the United Methodist church to change the Book of Discipline , the denominational book of policies, that includes a statement prohibiting churches and clergy from performing marriage ceremonies for gay and lesbian couples.