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,
“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.
Too often when gays and lesbians think of religion, they think about people like Pat Robertson, Ralph Reed or Jerry Falwell: men who would use the Bible against them. That’s why it’s refreshing when you find a group of people who make it their purpose
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 achieved that dream earlier this year when
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
Often our questions about being gay and Christian require more in-depth reading. Here are some of the best books on the shelves today: Living In Sin? A Bishop Rethinks Human Sexuality; Spong, John Shelby; $10.00; Bishop Spong calls for a moral vision to empower the
From The Ontario Centre For Religious Tolerance Many people have been taught during childhood that homosexual behaviour is condemned both by God and by their religion as unnatural and morally degenerate. If they discover later in life that they are lesbian, gay, or bisexual they
In the past few years the religious right has sought to make homosexuality and the Bible its number one issue. Having come out of the fundamentalist movement as a pastor, teacher and theologian, I feel it only right to answer their bigotry, hatred and lies.
“Do not let the foreigner joined to the Lord say the Lord will surely separate me from his people; and do not let the eunuch say I am just a dry tree. For thus says the Lord to the eunuchs who keep my sabbaths, who
Arguably, the story of Sodom and Gomorrah is the biblical story most often used to condemn homosexuality. Yet as popular as Genesis 19 is with religious zealots, this story is the weakest of all passages used against gays and lesbians. A close reading of the