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Red Cup Challenge

Brandiilyne Dear | Posted 11.10.2015 | Religion
Brandiilyne Dear

Don't judge a cup by its color, but by its content. If the color of Starbuck's cups is offensive to you, as a Christian or otherwise, maybe you should stop and ask yourself why?

Some Thoughts On My 30th Wedding Anniversary in the Summer of Equal Marriage

Michael Rowe | Posted 08.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Rowe

Among the best reasons to have had old laws, driven by nothing but religious bigotry, struck down is the thought that this LGBT generation and the next, and the next will never have to misname their marriages ever again, let alone justify them.

SCOTUS and Marriage Equality -- The Sky Is Not Falling

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 06.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

Metropolitan Community Churches are proud to say marriage equality has been part of our DNA for almost 50 years. One of the first things our founder, Rev. Elder Troy Perry, did after forming Metropolitan Community Church in 1968 was to begin performing marriage ceremonies.

Religion and RFRA -- Fix it? Nix it?

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 06.03.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

The Indiana firestorm over a bill designed to pass off discrimination as religious liberty may serve as an unintended stepping stone to equal protection under the law for all Americans -- including LGBTQ Americans -- but this will not happen if we let down our guard.

Religious Liberty in Utah: Eyes Wide Shut

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 05.12.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

In the name of progress and compromise, we may be setting ourselves up to be pawns in a global strategy of placing religious rights over all other constitutional and civil liberties.

Mormons and 'Religious Liberty' -- Wolves in Sheep's Clothing?

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 04.19.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

Sincerely held beliefs can be wrong -- even in light of core tenets of a person's faith, let alone constitutional laws. Equality before the law does not infringe on any core religious belief in any religion. All religions teach that others should be treated with kindness and respect.

Florida Pastor Performs 20 Same-Sex Weddings

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.08.2015 | Religion

Florida pastor Jim Merritt got the birthday gift of a lifetime on Jan. 1 when a federal judge ruled it unconstitutional to prohibit same-sex marriages...

#BlackLivesMatter! Stand Up for Michael Brown and Eric Garner

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 02.07.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

If we were looking at our own country from the outside, would we be calling recent actions "riots?" More likely we would be lauding "freedom fighters" in a country that purports democracy but implements a police state where the poor and racially oppressed are targeted.

Ferguson and Racism: An Epistle to America

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 01.25.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

Dear America, we greet you as Christians who believe that freedom in Christ means that all persons deserve respect and equality before God and the law.

Faith and Marriage Equality: Welcome to the Party

Stephanie Mott | Posted 01.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

The recent appearance of pastors and churches declaring their willingness to perform marriages for same-sex couples has led to some of the most amazing imagery of the marriage equality struggle. Imagery the likes of which seemed all too impossible not long ago, especially in the deeply-red states of America.

Ebola: Stop the Blame Game

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 01.04.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

Today, we like to think people of ancient times were ignorant to blame blindness on sin. Not so fast! The issue then and now is less ignorance and more political opportunism.

A Queer Climate Change?

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 11.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

The streets of New York were thronging with people in the first ever Climate March on September 21. Demonstrators had a message for world leaders at t...

Rabbi Strives for Religious Freedom

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 10.01.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

Religious people around the world face discrimination and persecution, largely by other religious people. Thankfully, religious leaders of all traditi...

Religious Freedom On My Mind

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 09.20.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

It is time to blow the whistle on religious demagogues who say they are victims if they are not allowed to take away the rights of others.

Don't Just Recycle, Do Something!

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 07.12.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

Two feet of rain fell in twenty-four hours in the panhandle of Florida a few days ago, sending many fleeing to the rafters and roofs of their homes. ...

A Tale of Three Bishops

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 06.18.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

No matter how many times someone stands up with blood on their hands and says, "I massacred this Christian because you allow two people of the same gender to marry each other," it does not make it true.

Poverty Grinds Down LGBT Equality

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 03.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

With so many LGBT people suffering from income inequality, poverty is an LGBT concern. Marriage equality brings a landslide of privileges and economic benefits to a family -- but if the family is living on minimum wage, they probably cannot even afford a marriage license.

Human Rights Day -- A Day to Do Something

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 02.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

In the wake of Human Rights Day and Nelson Mandela's state funeral, it is more clear than ever that we are all called to be our higher selves. We are called to believe and act like our lives make a difference.

Testing for HIV/AIDS During Advent

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 02.03.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

World AIDS Day, at the beginning of every December, is a reminder for Christians across the world who mark this same time as Advent -- when we await a child who will save us. This year, and every year, we must be the people of faith who save the children all across the world.

A Methodist Inquisition

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

One more United Methodist minister, the Rev. Frank Schaefer, was convicted of performing a marriage of a loving same-gender couple -- his son and his son's beloved.

Know Your LGBT History: France's Big Move And 2 Other Events On October 6

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.07.2013 | Gay Voices

In conjunction with the celebration of October as LGBT History Month, The Huffington Post will be providing you with "Know Your LGBT History" updates!...

The Room Is Crooked: NW Indiana Activist Group Breaks Ground With Racism Panel

Shaan Michael Wade | Posted 07.31.2013 | Gay Voices
Shaan Michael Wade

At the church entrance, a table with rainbow cloth draped over it was the home of various MCC-related pamphlets, business cards, and a bowl of condoms. (Clearly I attended the wrong churches as a child.)

Hey, Supreme Court Justices, Same-Gender Marriages Are Not Experiments!

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 05.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

Forty years ago I came out as lesbian and discovered Metropolitan Community Church (MCC). I met couples who had been together for 40 or 50 years who had lived through difficult times of government intrusion on personal privacy.

Sex, God, Race, And AIDS

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 09.25.2012 | Gay Voices
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

As African Americans get infected with HIV and die at shocking rates, we must all take stock, assess, and act. White LGBT people must intentionally break racial barriers that create de facto segregation. Worship together, socialize together, serve together, and be honest together.

PHOTOS: Farming On Church's Roof Provides Food For A Hungry Community

Posted 04.22.2012 | Religion

In 1984, Rev. Gene Bolin prayed over his church's newly purchased building in a distressed neighborhood in New York City. “God,” the pastor petit...