Queer atheist writer Chris Stedman writes about his experiences in Utah while visiting to speak at “Intersecting Convictions,” an interfaith conference. The conference was held in early March at Utah Valley University, a publicly funded university in Orem, Utah, about one hour south of Salt Lake City. Audience participants and sponsors from both BYU and UVU helped bring the event into being.
The Catholic Diocese of Rockford is calling for its churches to continue working with the Boy Scouts of America despite the group's new acceptance of gay members — a change that led one Crystal Lake church to announce plans to sever ties with a troop it sponsors.
In a statement on the diocese's website, Bishop David Malloy said the Scouts' new policy "does not seem to provide an obstacle to our continued sponsorship of those troops or of Scouting, as long as Catholic principles of morality are followed."
On May 26, 2013 Indianapolis blogger Steph Mineart put up a post on her Commonplacebook blog, "Anti-gay Churches have Booths at Indianapolis Gay Pride Event," that was quickly shared by many in the Indianapolis LGBT community via social media. In the post, she provided a well-researched report on two anti-gay Christian groups which had reserved booth space at the 2013 Indy Pride celebration.
God Loves Uganda, a documentary directed by Roger Ross Williams follows American and Ugandan religious leaders that are fighting "sexual immorality" and missionaries that are trying to convince Ugandans to oppose LGBT people. The Unitarian Universalist Association will host a panel and reception around a special screening of God Loves Uganda.
In the United States, we think of church and state as two separate entities, sometimes controversially intertwined. But in Great Britain, a different framework unites church with state in the person of Queen Elizabeth. Great Britain’s Parliament is currently debating proposed legislation legalizing marriage equality, and one British cleric is challenging the queen to not violate what he sees as her duty to God by supporting the proposal.
Sunday gospel brunches, Saturday night Poetry slams, Friday evening fashion shows, bid whist tournaments, house parties, the smell of soul food and Caribbean cuisine, and the beautiful display of African art and clothing are just a few of the cultural markers that make Black Pride distinct from the dominant queer culture
Christa Dias, a gay Cincinnati Catholic school computer teacher who was fired after she became pregnant via artificial insemination, has won an anti-discrimination lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati.
Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Ill., walked into a beehive when he agreed to speak about marriage quality before a small audience in Phoenix over the weekend. Paprocki joined Sr. Jeannine Gramick, a longtime advocate for gay and lesbian people, on the stage Friday in front of about 150 people at Shadow Rock United Church of Christ.
Quakers in Britain have welcomed the move to pass the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at Second Reading in the House of Lords. The Religious Society of Friends is one of a range of church and faith groups to have backed the change in England and Wales, and parallel developments in Scotland.