Believe Out Loud is offering a workshop to empower churches to increase welcome, acceptance, and support of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender folk. The Believe Out Loud workshop is sponsored by Formation Ministries of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia and Integrity USA. The workshop is geared towards helping members of the community speak to people in their own churches or dioceses about why it's important to welcome and include LGBT people in the life of local church communities. After a long time of specific exclusion from Christian communities, gay and lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are looking for a specific welcome to come back to the church. The workshop provides these tools and allows memebrs to work with your fellow Christians to build their churches as inclusive communities that welcome EVERYONE into the body of Christ.
By GLAAD on Aug 29, 2011
The Public Religion Research Institute today released “Generations at Odds: The Millennial Generation and the Future of Gay and Lesbian Rights,” a report based on the Millennials, Religion & Gay and Lesbian Issues Survey. The survey notes the generational pattern, even among conservative political and religious groups such as evangelical Protestants.
Traditionally, people assume that religious groups generally oppose LGBT equality. However, the survey found that all people in all major religious groups support employment discrimination protections for gay and lesbian Americans. Even among the more contentious issue of marriage equality, major religious groups fall on both sides of the debate.
A judge released 34-year-old Amish-Mennonite pastor Timothy David Miller to the custody of a friend and said Miller — who's accused of helping arrange passage for the woman and child — could have contact with his wife but that they're not to discuss the case, since she may be a witness.
March 19, 2011 12:00 PM - Mike Hamar
Some readers from time to time complain that on my personal blog I am too hard on Christianity and that there are Christian denominations that actually do good works as opposed to the politically motivated professional Christians - e.g., Focus on the Family, Family Research Council, et al - who can best be defined by who they hate. And it's a long list of who these hate merchants hate and despise, with LGBT citizens often at the top of the list followed in alternating order by immigrants, non-Christians, and many others.
I will concede that yes, there are Christians who do good works and actually try to follow the Gospel message - e.g., many are helping with relief efforts in Japan even as the Christianists trumpet that God is punishing that nation for being largely non-Christian. Unfortunately, when it comes to LGBT rights, most of the time these "good" Christians are on the side lines and never forcefully condemn and call out the professional Christian parasites and vitriolic anti-gay denominations like the Southern Baptist Convention, the Roman Catholic Church or the Mormon Church.
Jon Macy signs one of his comic books, “Fearful Hunter,” which features gay characters, in...14 July 2012 Read more...