By Rev. Liam Hooper
By Rev. Dr. Karen McClintock
By Rev. Dr. John D. Copenhaver
But what kind of “rules” tell these faithful Christian men who attend Mass every Sunday that God won’t be able to be part of their marriage?
One of the things that is happening, for many people today, is that we are taught to expect that the Bible is only going to refer to heterosexual couples, when it comes to sexually or romantically intimate relationships.
Being able to stand in the sanctuary of the church where I am a member, take the hand of the one I hold dearest to my heart, and make my commitment to Don once again with other members of my family of faith present was what had been missing before.
However, the message of Epiphany calls me to join the Rev. Meyers and to seek justice and resolution. Too many colleagues and churches are affected by this great wound in The United Methodist Church.
A statement from RMN’s executive director, Matt Berryman
“You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.”
God calls me to be a voice of justice, to stand up and be loud for God’s love.
Allow me to shine a light on three key issues
The persons of faith who showed up to love on people and stand for truth are admirable. The others who sat at home and didn’t seem to care are the ones that truly terrify me.
I am a baptized member of the body of Christ seeking to reject “evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves.”
I have to tell my queer friends I love them and view them as full children of God – but my church doesn’t so they should try the Episcopal Church or the UCC.
We are exhausted by church leaders whose fidelity to institutional covenants and rules trump their own personal commitments to Christ and to the gospel.
This church has stood steadfastly by me during my most turbulent times.
Let’s remember our history and work together on housing discrimination, poverty, and the HIV/AIDS crisis…
Jesus will always remain new when we invite ALL of our neighbors to the table.
Than you, God, that hough I cannot pray a blessing for them, you have seen fit to bless us with them.
“What’s Love Got To Do With It?,” Tina Turned asked. I respond “Love has everything to do with it.”
How could any Church in its worship service, fail to remember the tragedy in Charleston?
“Who is your family?” can be an uncomfortable—if not downright triggering—question for many of us.
By Reconciling Ministries Network: “The uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.”
By Rev. Gil Caldwell: Black and LGBTQ lives matter. It is not either/or, but both/and.
By Emily Timbol: Bad theology aside, it makes me so sad when these are the words the faith leader chooses to leave the bride and groom with.
Such love has empowered so many beloved queer children of God to say to this church, “I know you will hurt me. I know you will mess up in the worst possible way. And I still love you.”
Forgive us, Lord, for our inability to proclaim the worth of all of Your children.
Thanks to two pastors, we were able to make our day a celebration that was festive and meaningful, despite the Methodist Church.