Archive for the ‘Religious Traditions/Denominations’ Category

Evangelicals, Catholics Softening Stances

January 15, 2011

Jay Bakker, son of televangelists Jim Bakker and Tammy Faye Messner, has become a gay-rights advocate among evangelical Christians.

According to two recent news reports, Catholics and evangelical Christians may be softening their views on lgbt rights and same-sex marriage. Follow the links for the full stories.

Episcopal Clergy Marry in Massachusetts

January 2, 2011

The Episcopalian bishop of Massachusetts began 2011 by solemnizing the first lesbian marriage of two senior Episcopalian clergy at Boston’s St Paul’s Cathedral Saturday.

Read the full story here.

Chicago Muslim Speaks for Understanding

December 27, 2010

Eboo Patel, a leading advocate of interfaith understanding, just wrote a wonderful column in the Chicago Tribune advocating for greater understanding and respect between Muslims and LGBT people.

Patel is the founder of Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago organization that brings together young people of all faiths.

Rev. Jesse Jackson Speaks Out

December 6, 2010

Rev. Jesse Jackson spoke to a crowd gathered outside a San Francisco courthouse today while a hearing took place in an appeal that will help decide the fate of same-sex marriage in California. The speech marked Jackson’s strongest ever statement of support on the issue. In his remarks, he made a clear connection between the Civil Rights movement and the struggle for LGBT equality.

To those that believe in and fought for civil rights, that marched to end discrimination and win equality, you must not become that which you hated. It’s past time to exist in hypocrisy and ignorance, and time to come out of the shadows and darkness to support unequivocally, equality for all people. Those that support civil and human rights cannot, must not, become perpetrators of discrimination against others based upon race, religion, culture, sexual orientation.

You can read his entire remarks at this link.

Protestant Advocacy Group Endorses Civil Unions

November 30, 2010

Protestants for the Common Good, an Illinois advocacy organization, has endorsed House Bill 2234, the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act. The bill, which is expected to be brought up for a vote in the state legislature today, would grant recognition and rights similar to those or marriage. The bill would not require churches or other religious bodies to perform ceremonies for same-sex couples or recognize the relationships of same-sex couples.

Faith leaders from across the state have endorsed the bill. See a full list here.

Call your state representative and senator TODAY (preferably this morning!) to express your support for the bill or send them an e-mail using this easy form.

Desmond Tutu Speaks Out Upon Retirement

November 6, 2010

As he prepares to retire, Archbishop recently published a letter calling on political and faith leaders to stop persecuting people on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Read it here.

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.

UCC Leaders Speak Out About Bullying

October 12, 2010

Leaders in the United Church of Christ released a statement encouraging people of faith to take action to stop anti-gay bullying. The statement was in response to a series of recent suicides of gay youth. Read the statement here.

It Gets Better!

October 7, 2010

Dan Savage

In response to the recent spate of suicides of gay youth across the country, columnist Dan Savage has launched a YouTube channel called “It Gets Better” with messages to offer hope to LGBT youth. You can even add your own.

One pastor last week delivered a sermon of hope, also in response to our recent losses. Rev. Nicolette Siragusa, the pastor of the First Congregational Church of Grand Lege, Michigan, is a graduate of Chicago Theological Seminary. She is also a friend of this writer.

Catholic Parents Hold Illinois Meeting

October 3, 2010

Fortunate Families, a group of Catholic parents work to support their LGBT daughters and sons, will be holding a conference October 22 to 24 in Techny. For full information, visit the Fortunate Families web site.