Archive for the ‘Episcopal’ Category

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.

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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.

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:

Where Does Your Denomination Stand?

June 9, 2010

Yesterday, I shared a link to Pride month resources from The Religious Institute. Today, I want to share another fantastic resource from the same organization.

The Religious Institute recently launched a searchable database of statements from many major denominations regarding issues related to sexuality, including marriage equality.

The database includes the statements from the following traditions that have expressed support for marriage equality:
Unitarian Universalist Association, 1996
Union for Reform Judaism, 1997
Society for Humanistic Judaism, 2004
Jewish Reconstructionist Federation, 2004
United Church of Christ, 2005
Metropolitan Community Churches, undated

Other traditions have issued more nuanced statements that indicate steps toward recognizing same-sex couples, while stopping short of full equality:
United Methodist Church, 2004
Presbyterian Church (USA), 2004
Episcopal Church, 2006
Episcopal Church, 2009
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, 2009

Of course, official denominational statements offer only a partial picture. In every denomination that has embraced marriage equality, there are undoubtedly many clergy and lay members who still oppose it. And likewise, in even the most conversative traditions, there are those who support the equality for same-sex couples. Nonetheless, taken collectively, these official statements are important signs of movement toward greater openness and respect.