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Wow, these run the spectrum from outright condemning to having rainbow banners on the steeple. We’ve come so far but yet there is so much work yet to be done.

jessemarinus I’m especially shocked that you’re having a hard time finding a welcoming church in Netherland. Netherland was the first country to legalize gay marriage and is statistically less religious than much of Europe. Have you looked at the Episcopal Church in Europe? It’s small, but there might be a parish near you.

To all of you, I’ll say don’t be disappointed or discouraged. The church will fail you but Jesus will not. The church is made up of imperfect people just like all of us. She will get thongs wrong more often than not. But we have to do what we can to move her forward. -EM

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The Sunday Question

Where is your church on LGBT issues?

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gaywrites:

Religious communities are slowly but surely becoming more accepting of LGBT people, according to new research from Duke University. 

Researchers asked leaders from 1,331 different American houses of worship whether LGBT people or same-sex couples would be welcomed and accepted in their congregations. The study found that from 2006 to 2012, acceptance of LGBT congregants rose from 37.4 percent to 48 percent. 

The positive trend for LGBT people were not universal in the study, with Catholic churches exhibiting somewhat less acceptance of gay and lesbian members in 2012 than in 2006. When asked, Chaves told HuffPost he believed the decrease may be correlated to an “increased salience” of homosexuality in the Catholic Church as evidenced by the recent firings of gay teachers in parochial schools and Catholic organizations.

While the Catholic Church’s stance on homosexuality remains seated in the somewhat vague but hopeful words of Pope Francis, “Who am I to judge?”, other church bodies have taken more definitive action to promote LGBT equality. In June the Presbyterian Church (USA) voted in a landmark decision to allow same-sex marriages, following in the footsteps of the U.S. Episcopal Church which made the same decision two years prior.

It’s almost all good news! We’re getting there. 

A long way to go, but progress is undeniable. It should also be blurred that the Moravian Church Northern Province now allows same gender marriages and LGBT clergy. The Moravian Church is the oldest branch of Protestantism.

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Anonymous said: So basically, I'm being hinted by my church (RC) that LGBT people's "same sex attractions" are the result of the fall of human nature by original sin and that we've got an extra cross to carry by this. Basically, if original justice was not null and void, we wouldn't have to deal with this. Usually, I eschew Side B Theology and I apologize for the slew of questions and support I have been asking pertaining to this topic. This got me thinking though. What do you think?

LGBT people have an extra cross to bear, but it’s not being LGBT: it’s loving and forgiving those who intentionally do us harm and say all sorts of evil things about us. This is a heavy cross, but it helps us build character and be better people and better Christians.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu sums up my thoughts on the Calvinist/Augustinian derived anti-LGBT theology you question in this quote:

"I can’t for the life of me imagine that God would say, ‘I will punish you because you are black; you should have been white. I will punish you because you are a woman; you should have been a man. I punish you because you are homosexual; you ought to have been heterosexual.’ I can’t, I can’t for the life of me believe that that is how God sees things."

Neither can I.

Roman Catholic teaching on sexuality overall is archaic and intrusive. Sexual diversity is part of God’s plan, and a person’s understanding and discernment of the intricacies of this private issue as it relates to the consenting adults with whom they associate romantically is not for anyone to judge.

The Church is sinning when it intrudes upon the relationships of consenting adults and neglects the poor, the environment, seeking to transform unjust structures of society, conserving finite resources such as water, and ending war. Trust me, God is infinitely more concerned with how we handle those issues than what’s in your partner’s pants. God isn’t trivial-minded like we are.

Enrique

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dillondean:

pacerlabs:

This is actually a really, really well done article. long but absolutely worth the read. So glad that a magazine as big as Rolling Stone is publishing content saying, “Hey, people, we may be patting ourselves on the back about marriage equality these days but there are much bigger issues still being swept under the rug.”

This will probably reblog as link but read it anyway seriously it’s so good

(via notalwaysluminous)

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Anonymous said: Even though by definition I'm a Christian, I feel that I'm not really a very "religious" person. Does that even nake sense?

Going to church regularly and doing the rituals is great, but that’s not the heart of our faith. True religion is caring for those most vulnerable (James 1:27). If you do good, you’re religious.

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Anonymous said: I want to keep my faith in Jesus, but I also don't want to be called a Christian anymore. I just don't know what to do...

We know that some so-called Christians give other Christians a bad name. But we have to reclaim our faith. Those who say being LGBT is wrong, those who ruin our environment, those who perpetuate an economy of exclusion, and those who warmonger do not have a patent on our faith. Actually, they’re as unchristian as one can be.

Lift your voices and let it be known that we don’t stand with them. Let people know that your faith calls you to be LGBT affirming, to love your neighbor, to protect the environment, and to seek to transform unjust structures of society. Let’s reclaim our faith.

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bre8457 said: Can you please keep me in your thoughts as I am trying to work on being myself at my employer?

EVERYONE, please keep this viewer in your prayers. My friend, be yourself: everyone else is taken. Don’t worry about what anyone else says or thinks. You’re great just the way you are. -E

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Quick reminder that I love all of you and you can talk to me about anything. Though I’m temporarily cutting back blogging to get things in order, I’ll take time out of my day to answer your questions or pray for you.

Enrique