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Apr 22, 2014

I grew up in the church and prayed the sinner's prayer at least a dozen times between age six and sixth grade. As someone who grew up in the church, I'm sure I'm not alone in wondering how much my life has been shaped by my parents' religion. With a different upbringing, I might have gravitated toward other friends and activities.

Blogger:Laura BerolWriter
Apr 16, 2014

Eternal God,
I confess I have sinned against you in thought, word and deed;
By what I have done and by what I have left undone.
I have not loved you with my whole heart.
I have not loved my neighbor as my self.

Blogger:Rev. Dr. Janet EdwardsPresbyterian Minister, More Light Presbyterians
Apr 11, 2014

That could be the opening to a great joke, but the story here ends with something better than a punch line.

My sister Sharon and I could not be more different.

Blogger:Kate Kendell, Esq.Executive Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights
Apr 21, 2014

Last week, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby (pictured middle above), laid the mass murders of Christians at the feet of same-gender married couples and Americans:

Blogger:Rev. Dr. Nancy WilsonModerator, Metropolitan Community Churches
Apr 15, 2014

Until recently, I had never really thought about being straight—if you asked me who I was, I would tell you I was someone who adored books, talked a lot, wanted to move to Europe, and enjoyed gourmet cooking long before I even thought to mention that I liked boys.

I experience straight privilege—I am allowed to have a life, not a "lifestyle."

Blogger:Melodie RoschmanStudent, Andrews University
Apr 10, 2014

In the days of my youth, I knew little of the meanings of terms such as the "religious right" and the "liberal left." I was taught to believe in a loving God, and I have begun to understand that this is the greatest fortune of my birth.

Blogger:Stephanie MottExecutive Director, Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project
Apr 17, 2014

Last week, the second-annual Trans 100 was released, honoring Trans individuals from across the United States who are currently alive and active in the work of making the lives of Trans people better. Alongside Jen Richards, Minister Asher Kolieboi, co-founder of Legalize Trans* and

Apr 14, 2014

I remember a conversation I had soon after I left the monastery. I'd been a monk in a Roman Catholic religious order for a few years, and once I was back in the real world, a family member asked me what I wanted to do with my life. “I guess I’d like to be a writer,” I told him. “That’s wonderful, great to hear it! So what are you going to do about money in the mean time?”

Blogger:Sean Patrick BrennanAuthor, The Papal Visitor
Apr 09, 2014

Despite their denomination's policy against gays and lesbians, people of faith from all over California and neighboring states will be celebrating a "Season of Love" this coming May—a call for acts of love and support for full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people in The United Methodist Church.

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