Archive for the ‘Interfaith’ Category

Chicago LGBT Group Launches Faith Project

October 13, 2010

LGBT Change, a Chicago LGBT rights organization, announced today the launch of “The Faith Project,” an effort to promote dialogue and understanding between LGBT people and communities of faith. The project’s first event will be a panel discussion at 6 p.m., October 20, at All Saint’s Episcopal Church, 4550 N. Hermitage Avenue. See the organization’s web site for more information. The group has also started a Facebook group.

Tikkun Magazine Features Queer Issue

July 13, 2010

The July/August edition of Tikkun magazine has a series of articles on “Queer Spirituality and Politics” from many faith perspectives. Some of the articles directly address same-sex marriage. Tikkun is always worth a read, but this issue is especially helpful for those of us working on marriage equality.

Excerpts are available on the web site for free. The entire issue can be read online for $5. Or you can buy it on select newsstands. Better yet, subscribe.

Tikkun bills itself as “A Jewish Magazine, An Interfaith Movement.” I’m not Jewish myself and I can attest that it is written from an interfaith perspective that always feels relevant to me. Incidentally, the Hebrew word tikkun is translated as “to mend, repair, and transform the world.”

July Strategy Meeting Scheduled

June 13, 2010

Representatives of the Illinois Religious Coalition for the Freedom to Marry will meet jointly with allies from Equality Illinois and the Illinois Interfaith Coalition for Civil Unions at 6:30 p.m. on July 8 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. All activists committed to passing a civil unions bill in Illinois this year are welcome to join in this meeting to help with strategy, planning, and organizing.

Petition Signatures Are Published

June 11, 2010

Equality Illinois has published the names of those who have signed the faith petition in support of passing a civil unions bill in Illinois. Check it out. The list includes hundreds of clergy and lay people from an array of religious traditions from all over the state.

And the list is still growing! To add your name to the list, please click here.

Institute Offers Pride Resources

June 8, 2010

The Religious Institute, an interfaith group that promotes sexuality education in religious congregations, has recently released resources to assist in preparing for Pride month, including a responsive reading and bulletin insert for Pride Sunday, along with educational resources. Check it out here. What is your congregation doing for Pride month?

Let’s Pass a Civil Unions Bill This Year

May 11, 2010

Rep. Greg Harris

Representatives of the Illinois Religious Coalition for the Freedom to Marry met with other allies, including Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, last night to discuss our plans to promote the recognition and rights of same-sex couples in Illinois. Those in attendance included members of several faith traditions.

The group decided to come together as the Illinois Interfaith Committee for Civil Unions. Yes, it’s another long name with another long acronym, but I see it as fitting well with the work of this coalition. Some activists say that anything short of marriage rights is a second-class status and therefore an unacceptable compromise.

As for me, however, I know that social change often moves more slowly than we might hope. We currently have no recognition for same-sex couples in Illinois whatsoever, so a law allowing for civil unions – while not ideal – would represent a big step forward. Civil unions in Illinois would allow for same-sex couples to enjoy many of the rights already enjoyed by opposite-sex couples.

A law allowing for civil unions in Illinois are the short-term goal. Marriage recognized by both the state of Illinois and the federal government may be a slightly longer-term goal… or at least I hope it takes only slightly longer. But whether full marriage equality takes another year or another 20 years, I am prepared to continue advocating until that day arrives.

LGBT Groups Host Chicago Interfaith Meeting

April 19, 2010

Marriage equality was a leading topic among the clergy who attended the Chicago LGBT community’s first ever interfaith prayer breakfast recently. Read more in the Windy City Times.