By Joseph Ward III, Director, Believe Out Loud
Welcome to Believe Out Loud's Week In Review, a weekly digest of the latest headlines at the intersection of Christianity and LGBT equality.
Arlene G. Taylor serves on the Session of the Church of the Reconciliation, a welcoming and affirming More Light Church in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Arlene attended the ordination service of Katie Ricks on April 15.
Please pray for the friends and family of 14-year-old Kenneth James Weishuhn of Primghar, Iowa. Kenneth took his life on Saturday after being bullied for coming out as a gay teen a few months ago. Kenneth's friends and family describe him as a happy young man, handsome and full of life. After coming out of the closet, the bullying Kenneth experienced was relentless.
The United Church of Christ has published a helpful brochure and resource with tips for evangelism for open and affirming churches. When working with your church community:
We give thanks to God that this is a new day in the Presbyterian Church (USA). The passage of the 219th General Assembly's Ordination Amendment 10-A last year, now G-2.0104 in our Book of Order, allows for the ordination of qualified LGBT candidates for ministry. Qualifications for ministry focus once again on faith and character rather than sexual orientation or marital status.
Where are the pro-LGBT religious voices?
Equally Blessed, a coalition of four Catholic justice organizations, today called on the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, to publicly disassociate themselves and their organizations from the National Organization for Marriage (NOM).