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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.

Religious Voices Celebrate Prop 8 Ruling

August 5, 2010

Yesterday’s ruling that overturned California’s ban on same-sex marriage has left many religious conservatives shocked and angry. If you want to hear what they say, you won’t have to look far.

Meanwhile, gay-affirming religious leaders have been celebrating. Here are a few examples:

Chicago Area Churches Celebrate Pride Month

June 3, 2010

The Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches has announced a series of June events in honor of Pride month.

JUNE (various dates) – CLASS/COACHING GROUP – “Choose Life: A Heart-Centered Approach at Coming Out Crossroads” by Rev. Jacki Belile, a lesbian Baptist minister & spiritual life coach at Living Well Ministries, 6554 N. Rockwell. 7 PM to 9 PM (Tuesdays June 8-22). $15/session. Optional Meditation 7-7:20 PM/ Program 7:30-9 PM. Part of annual Pride series by members of Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches. www.livingwellministries.net jacki@livingwellministries.net 773-655-4357.

JUNE 9 – WORSHIP SERVICE – Annual Pride gathering at Lakeview Presbyterian Church, 716 W. Addison. 7 PM. Part of annual Pride series by members of Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches. www.lakeviewpresbyterian.org joy@lakeviewpresbyterian.org 773-281-2655.

JUNE 16 – ECUMENICAL SERVICE – “Any Body, Every Body, Christ’s Body: Celebrating 25 Years Being Open and Affirming” at Congregational United Church of Christ, 1001 West Kirchoff Rd., Arlington Heights, IL. 7:30 PM. Part of annual Pride series by members of Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches. www.congucc.org conguccah1@sbcglobal.net 847-392-6650.

JUNE 23 – EUCHARIST/HOLY COMMUNION CELEBRATION – “From Promise to Pride” at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 3309 N. Seminary. 7 PM. Part of annual Pride series by members of Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches. www.rlclakeview.com office@rlclakeview.com 773-525-0605.

JUNE 26 – WORKSHOP – “Befriending the Bible: Reading Condemnation with CARE” by Living Well Ministries, 6554 N. Rockwell. Led by Rev. Jacki Belile, a lesbian Baptist minister & spiritual life coach. 1 PM to 4 PM. Pre-registration required: $45 ($35 if paid by June 10). Part of annual Pride series by members of Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches. www.livingwellministries.net jacki@livingwellministries.net 773-655-4357.

For a complete list of Chicago area pride events, visit the Chicago Pride Calendar.

Couple Using Wedding to Raise Awareness

May 1, 2010

Brad and T.J.

T.J. and Brad, a couple living in northwest Chicago, are planning to use their wedding this summer to raise awareness about the need for equality for same-sex couples. T.J. and Brad will be getting a wedding license in D.C. and having a wedding ceremony in New York City at the famous Riverside Church, which is dually affiliated with the United Church of Christ and American Baptist Churches USA. Along the way, they plan to stop in several other locations to meet with local civil rights and religious leaders. Here in Chicago, the couple attend Trinity United Church of Christ. For more information, visit their blog, Journey to Riverside.

If you are an Illinois same-sex couple getting married, either in a religious or a legal ceremony, please announce your engagement or your wedding on this blog. Just e-mail your news to ircftm@yahoo.com.