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Music As My Refuge: Then and Now

Jonathan Zeng | Posted 11.30.2012 | Gay Voices
Jonathan Zeng

I came to realize that being gay is not a reason to feel guilt or shame. I was created in God's image just as much as any straight person. Finally, I had peace. The guilt and shame left me. My love for music did not.

Gay Couple Sues Church Over Nixed House Sale

AP | JAY LINDSAY | Posted 11.10.2012 | Religion

BOSTON — A gay couple from Massachusetts sued a Roman Catholic diocese Monday for allegedly refusing to sell them a mansion because church offic...

Homosexuality And The Black Church

William H. Lamar IV | Posted 11.09.2012 | Religion
William H. Lamar IV

The current debate over same-sex marriage in many churches gives me a feeling of déjà vu. We are running to third instead of first. How can we talk about same-sex marriage or homosexuality for that matter without talking about sex and sexuality first?

Loving Men: Jesus, Homophobia And Male Spirituality

Rev. Jarrett Kerbel | Posted 11.06.2012 | Religion
Rev. Jarrett Kerbel

Let's examine the following propositions: I love Jesus. Jesus is a man. I am a man who loves a man named Jesus. How could homophobia not affect that most intimate relationship between my Savior and me?

A Call For Conversation From A Gay Christian: To My LGBT Community

Richmond Schmidt | Posted 10.23.2012 | Religion
Richmond Schmidt

It took years to appreciate the enormity of God's acceptance and compassion for me. I am a Christian because I know a very different God than who the gay community has often been shown.

A Call For Conversation From A Gay Christian: To My Fellow Christians

Richmond Schmidt | Posted 10.23.2012 | Religion
Richmond Schmidt

Rather than talk about the freedom to eat chicken sandwiches or of my own personal salvation, I want to tell you about a few gay friends of mine. They seem to get this whole values thing.

Nowhere Man

Carol Muske-Dukes | Posted 10.22.2012 | Religion
Carol Muske-Dukes

The name Nienstedt, which translated is something like "no town," could perhaps be more liberally rendered as "nowhere." Thus, I'd like to suggest that the title "Nowhere Man" is as fitting as "Crusader" for the Archbishop and could perhaps be added to his titles.

Dan Cathy Of Chick-fil-A: How About Lunch?

Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards | Posted 10.20.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards

I see only one possibility for our society to move past and heal from our increasingly dangerous impasse: to have real conversations with one another. And I don't mean scripted, talking-point-filled debates that turn into a wrestling match.

Excuse Me, Who Is Obsessed With My Sexuality?

Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge | Posted 10.16.2012 | Religion
Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

I would love to live in a world where my sexual orientation did not matter. I would love it if society and the church never thought to ask, or shrugged and moved on when they found out.

Gay Marriage And The Church: What Not To Say

Rev. Joanna Harader | Posted 10.15.2012 | Religion
Rev. Joanna Harader

Whether or not you agree with my belief that the church should be fully inclusive and affirming of sexual minorities, I hope you will agree with my belief that we should all listen more and categorize less.

Anti-Bullying Advocates Bullied By Church

Ryan J. Bell | Posted 10.06.2012 | Religion
Ryan J. Bell

When Carrol Grady received a phone call telling her that her organization was being disinvited from having a booth at this week's North American gathering of Seventh-day Adventist teachers, she was shocked and distressed.

After the Storm: A Christian Coming Out Story

Christopher Sofolo | Posted 10.03.2012 | Religion
Christopher Sofolo

The wind outside howls fiercely as she insists, "You have to say it. You have to." Time stands still for a moment as the roof detaches from the frame of our home and is lifted up into the darkness. My lips slowly part open and the words spill out.

Why Jesus Loves LGBT People And Gay Marriage Doesn’t Exist

Mastin Kipp | Posted 09.30.2012 | Religion
Mastin Kipp

Jesus calls us to have empathy, compassion and an open heart for all human beings. Not just people who follow Him. Not just Christians. Not just believers. Not just straight people. Everyone.

Chicken Nuggets And Family Values

Melissa Browning | Posted 09.17.2012 | Religion
Melissa Browning

As a kid growing up (Christian) in the south, Chick-fil-A has always been part of the good food I loved. But today, we're parting ways. We are what we eat -- isn't that what they say? And as it turns out, I can't eat hate.

Should 'Liberal Christianity' Be Saved?

Lisa Anderson | Posted 09.16.2012 | Religion
Lisa Anderson

Teaching and preaching the love and justice seeking and making Gospel of Jesus Christ does not have anything to do with a quest to ensure the survival of institutional bodies and ecclesiastical groupings, be they liberal or conservative.

Lutherans For Full LGBT Participation

JamieAnn Meyers | Posted 09.15.2012 | Religion
JamieAnn Meyers

God continues to call all of us by name -- there is a place at the table for all of us, no exceptions. Let us all be reconciled with one another through Christ, whose love and mercy and grace are infinite.

The Religious Right (Side Of History)

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 09.15.2012 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

We talk a lot about the power of the religious right to negatively influence the fate of LGBT civil rights, but we are talking about the wrong religious right there. What LGBT people need now is not more of the religious right.

Episcopal Church Makes Landmark Decision For Transgender Inclusion

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 09.08.2012 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

It is not just a good day for transgender Episcopalians and their allies. It is a good day for all of us who are part of a church willing to the risk to continue to draw the circle wider as we work to live out our call to make God's inclusive love known to the whole human family.

Anderson Cooper, Welcome To The Club!

Rev. Chris Glaser | Posted 09.06.2012 | Religion
Rev. Chris Glaser

Not the gay club, to which he has belonged for a while. Rather, the club of those whose character is questioned because they didn't come out earlier. In place of the more difficult work of questioning a culture's character, it's easier for pundits to question a celebrity's character.

How LGBT Summer Camps Shaped My Faith

Nicole Greer | Posted 09.04.2012 | Religion
Nicole Greer

Not only did the camps allow attendees to feel safe being themselves, I found the environment to be a reaffirming sanctuary.

Modern Marriage Is Not Biblical

Rev. Chris Glaser | Posted 09.02.2012 | Religion
Rev. Chris Glaser

For the first thousand years of church history, marriage was not recognized as a specifically Christian institution. During this period, marriages between Christians followed the Roman model that a couple married themselves.

Baptists And The New Civil Rights Movement

Bert Montgomery | Posted 08.27.2012 | Religion
Bert Montgomery

There are a growing number of "gay churches" and welcoming and affirming groups pleading with the larger Christian community to recognize the movement of the Holy Spirit among the gay and lesbian community.

Breaking iPads and Breaking Faith

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 08.21.2012 | Gay Voices
Adam Kirk Edgerton

I tried to hang on to church. I went to some progressive churches but no longer felt home in those bittersweet sanctuaries. I had this intense feeling of physical discomfort, as if everyone were watching me, as if everyone knew.

Religious People Celebrate LGBT Pride

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 08.21.2012 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

At the heart of most Pride parades in America, you will see religious congregations marching. Unfortunately, like many of my sisters and brothers who identify as both LGBT and religious, I find that sometimes I am asked to choose between my identities.

WATCH: Jesus vs Hateful Anti-Gay Pastors Mashup

Posted 06.19.2012 | Religion

Watch what happens when you put Jesus' Sermon On The Mount against the recent rash of anti-gay pastors. ...