Rev. Mel White is an accidental activist. He came from deep inside his closet, ghost writing biographies for leaders of the religious right, to fasting in jail because his old employers would no longer recognize him once his true identity was revealed. He was thrust
Abundant Grace Community Church in action Rev. Paul Turner was convinced he had preached his last sermon, pastored his last church, and counseled his last parishioner. He had dedicated the last 8 years of his life to the church. But he was turned out of
“Gays and lesbians will lead the church’s great revival.” I heard these words several years ago, spoken by an MCC minister in Atlanta. These words may well be prophetic given the extraordinary number of mainstream churches now dealing with gays and lesbians in their congregations.
There was a parade on the first Sunday Dr. Mike Cordle began his tenure in the summer of 1990 at Atlanta’s St. Mark United Methodist Church. “I thought, how nice, they’re welcoming us to Atlanta,” he remembered, “then I realized it was not for us,
Listen to the podcast interview As we have seen in this issue, many “mainstream” churches are opening their doors to gays and lesbians. This action is undoubtedly being blessed by God as evidenced by the growth and other miracles these churches have experienced. It’s good
In the world of gay and lesbian publishing, you can often judge your success by the number of death threats you have received. Author Keith Hartman says since his book Congregations in Conflict: The Battle Over Homosexuality (Rutgers University Press) hit stores, he has received a
Honesty lands Southern Baptist in hot water Finding a good, intellectually challenging book in a Baptist bookstore is like finding the proverbial needle in the haystack. So, it’s no surprise that more than 60 Baptists bookstores have refused to carry the new book by Kirby
Taking the first step “I am a lesbian.” I was 16 years old, staring into the mirror when I first uttered those words out loud. They were hard to say, even harder to hear. I knew by saying it I had to make a choice.
This issue has been dedicated to exploring the question “Can you be gay and Christian?” I believe our contributors have searched the scriptures and given us a resounding “YES!” Now that we know God loves us and made us just as we are, where do
The devil went down to Greenville, S.C. It’s the dream of every growing congregation to have a building they can call their own. It’s a milestone that many churches with ministries to gays and lesbians have achieved. The congregation of MCC Greenville believed they had