Father Marcel Guarnizo, the Roman Catholic priest who denied Barbara Johnson communion at her mother’s funeral because of her sexual orientation, has been placed on administrative leave. According to a statement from the Archdiocese, the suspension is for “engaging in intimidating behavior toward parish staff and others that is incompatible with proper priestly ministry.”
For the couple, the small ceremony, which has become already become a commonplace occurrence in New York since the state legalized same-sex marriage last year, has uprooted their lives, and created a firestorm of controversy in which church doctrine, employment, love, law and the passions of school parents have all come into heated conflict.
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.
Randy Roberts Potts likes to say he grew up 50 feet and a million miles away from firebrand televangelist Oral Roberts. Now openly gay and a pariah to his family, the 37-year-old is on a mission of his own: to undo his grandfather's legacy by preaching in churches and touring the bible belt with his new performance piece, The Gay Agenda.
From March 15 through 17, 2012, LGBT-affirming Catholic organization New Ways Ministry will hold their seventh annual symposium, this year titled “From Water to Wine: Lesbian/Gay Catholics and Relationships.”
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.”