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.
I love our church, and agree with our leaders that it is facing a potentially devastating crisis. However, it seems as if the threat is not that the church will succumb to any external attack, but rather that it will tear itself apart, by continuing to tell Catholics that we are not welcome.
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.