The UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns celebrated the 40th anniversary of LGBT ministry and advocacy in the United Church of Christ and welcomed Open and Affirming (ONA) congregation #1,000--Pillar of Love Fellowship in Chicago. Administered by the Coalition, ONA is the largest and fastest-growing LGBT-welcoming-church movement in the world.
The United Methodist Church in the Northwest, at odds with its parent denomination, has endorsed Referendum 74 and called on voters to make Washington the nation’s seventh state to enact same-sex marriage.
By More Light Presbyterians
Pittsburgh, PA: A historic moment happened last night in the Civil Union and Marriage Committee at the 220th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA). The General Assembly Committee approved a marriage equality overture.
As the battle over gay marriage heats up in this election year, one evangelical Christian writer is calling for a truce, fearing that the outspoken opposition to gay marriage among some church leaders could alienate an entire generation of religious youth.
Bishop Gene Robinson, Diocese of New Hampshire, addressed over 300 people at the National MLP Celebration Dinner in Pittsburgh, PA. “So the real question for your church and mine is this,” he said, “If you’re not in trouble for the gospel you preach, is it really the gospel?”
By Jeff Woodard, UCC
Smiles on the faces of same-gender couples representing a variety of generations walked hand in hand, beaming as brightly as the summer sun above, during a boldly colorful display of diversity June 23 at the 24th annual LGBT Pride Parade and Festival in Cleveland, Ohio.
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize winner, key player in bringing down South Africa’s apartheid system, might invite comparison with a variety of figures — Martin Luther King, perhaps, or Frederick Douglass. But Lady Gaga?