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

Okla. Methodists Organize to Support Marriage Equality

In conservative Oklahoma, a group of United Methodists are signing a statement in support of marriage equality ahead of an April global policy conference of the church, which prohibits marriage equality. Retired Oklahoma City minister Jim Gragg is collecting signatures and said 62 clergy and 203 members have signed the statement calling for “full equality and inclusion to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the life of the Church.”
Associated Press
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March 23, 2012
March 20, 2012

Film Offers Refreshing Take on Gay Christian Youth Experience

Stephen Cone’s film The Wise Kids, which opened at ReRun Gastropub Theater in Brooklyn this past weekend, is a refreshing take on youth sexuality, both gay and straight, in Southern Baptist communities. Set in Charleston, South Carolina, the film features three high school seniors: About-to-come-out Tim, doubting preacher’s daughter Brea, and biblical literalist Laura, who all confront issues of identity, self-acceptance, and faith.

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Priest who denied lesbian communion suspended

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.”

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After Firings and Controversy, the Wedding Will Go On

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.
New York Times
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March 9, 2012
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March 9, 2012

Proclaim, Retreat for LGBT Lutheran Leaders, Registration Now Open

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.

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The Amazing Story of the Televangelist and his Gay Grandson

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.

Details Magazine
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March 9, 2012
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