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Gay Affirming Churches

Jesus Loves Me, But I'm Not Sure He Likes Me So Much

Mark Osler | Posted 06.30.2014 | Religion
Mark Osler

It doesn't seem that Jesus would deliver that same message -- he certainly didn't to the people of his own time. Perhaps our current debate should not only be about churches affirming gay men and lesbians, but also about the over-abundance of affirming everyone else.

Loving All God's Children Equally

Jane Clementi | Posted 06.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Jane Clementi

My hope and prayer is for the church to fully embrace all LGBTQI people. This will have a dramatic impact for many, but most especially for our youth, who do not need to be shamed, "healed" or merely tolerated but fully embraced and loved just as they are, beautifully created in God's image.

Is Affirming Christianity Still Relevant?

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 02.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

While affirming churches are trying to get their message out, it is no longer being received by either the public or decision makers. Conservatives have made opposition to gays, in every form, the paragon of freedom of religion and speech.

The Perfect Wedding: Coming to a Church Near You

Suzanne Brockmann | Posted 02.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Suzanne Brockmann

Our movie is a romantic comedy with a hero and a hero. Boy meets boy, boy loses boy, boy wins boy. After over a decade of witnessing sanctioned hatred aimed at my son, I wasn't yet convinced that organized religion and LGBT rights could happily coexist.

Why Can't Holy Spaces Be Safe Spaces?

Emma Joslyn | Posted 02.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Emma Joslyn

I grew up in a world in which evangelical megachurches locked sweet kids in closets until they escaped into pill bottles. Fear and faith worked together to transform adolescent love letters into criminal evidence.

Silent Night, Homophobic Night...

Suzanne Brockmann | Posted 02.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Suzanne Brockmann

My mom and dad did something that few people ever do: They walked their talk. They cut ties with their longtime church because they realized that their gay grandson wasn't welcome there. And they set out to find a truly open and affirming church. I knew how hard this was for them.

Not All Like That? If You Say So

Sue Kerr | Posted 11.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Sue Kerr

When I first heard about Dan Savage's NALT ("Not All Like That") Christians Project, which features videos by Christians who are not anti-LGBT haters, I was very skeptical. In fact, I was so skeptical that I ignored it. But I had this niggling curiosity.

A Brother's Pledge: Standing Up for Love

James Clementi | Posted 11.13.2013 | Gay Voices
James Clementi

It is my hope that the future Tyler Clementis of the world will hear love and affirmation from the pulpit in all churches. While that day may still be a long way off, parents can make a world of difference by choosing a church family that will embrace all God's children with respect.

Tongues Untied: Black, Gay And Sanctified?

Darnell L. Moore | Posted 01.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Darnell L. Moore

Many LGBTQ people desire spiritual communities, but many of us end up dispossessed because of others' refusal to accept us "as we are" within our communities. Thankfully, there are faith leaders who are facilitating the creation of affirming worship communities.