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When the Unthinkable Becomes Commonplace: Charting the Future of Ministerial Ordination

Rev. Stephen V. Sprinkle, Ph.D. | Posted 08.11.2014 | Religion
Rev. Stephen V. Sprinkle, Ph.D.

Though closeted gay men have been ordained for generations, and more recently closeted lesbians as women's ordination came online, stigma often haunted any clergy person suspected of being a member of the sexual minority. Not long ago, authorizing boards were battlegrounds.

Top Bishop Invites Gay Clergy To Come Out

Religion News Service | Trevor Grundy | Posted 04.01.2014 | Religion

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) A leading member of the Church of England has called on gay bishops to “come out” as England celebrated its first same-s...

WATCH: Openly Gay Priest Sounds Off On Pope's Comments

Posted 07.30.2013 | Religion

Pope Francis's comments that the Catholic church "can't marginalize" gay priests could be a turning point in the relationship between the church and t...

Silence = Death In The Church

Rev. Mieke Vandersall | Posted 07.07.2013 | Religion
Rev. Mieke Vandersall

I want to tell you about a secret that we have had in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) for many years. Sadly, it came about because many of us have been only able to speak from a place of silence, from the edges of the story.

Collars and Queers

Father Shannon Kearns | Posted 05.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Father Shannon Kearns

I am angry at the people who use the abusers to blame and scapegoat queer people. I am angry at all of the people who think that queer people are sexual deviants, sinners, or predators. I am angry that as a queer priest I will always been seen as a double threat.

Confessions Of An Ex-Priest: The Doctrine Of Justification For Lying By Clergy

Tom Rastrelli | Posted 10.09.2012 | Gay Voices
Tom Rastrelli

People don't expect their priests and bishops to lie, but clerics do lie. Some even make a virtue of it. I know this from experience, for I was ordained a Catholic priest on a lie.

Sexual And Gender Oppression Cannot Be Defended

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 07.08.2012 | Religion
Rev. Debra Haffner

As religious leaders, we are speaking out against the decision not to remove doctrinal language that states, "the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching."

The United Methodist Church Has Voted To Be Inclusive Before. Can We Do It Again?

Rev. Gil Caldwell | Posted 06.30.2012 | Religion
Rev. Gil Caldwell

This week, I'm watching and praying for the United Methodist Church as they meet in General Conference. Among all the issues, there are major decisions about whether lesbian and gay people can be married and serve as clergy.

Jaweed Kaleem

WATCH: Top Episcopal Bishop Addresses Controversial Issues

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 03.28.2012 | Religion

NEW YORK -- The movement toward legalizing same-sex marriage and the acceptance of gay people as clergy and lay members of religious groups is "a done...

Vatican Launches Catholic Home For U.S. Episcopalians

Posted 01.03.2012 | Religion

By David Gibson Religion News Service American Episcopalians upset with their denomination's acceptance of gay and female clergy can now convert t...

Coming Out As An Evangelical Supporter Of Gay Rights

Rev. Dr. Mark Achtemeier | Posted 12.11.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Mark Achtemeier

When I was ordained in 1984 I believed that gay and lesbian people could become "normal" through repentance and prayer. But in the last decade, I began to discover that God had other plans.

Meet Scott Anderson, Soon To Be the First (Openly) Gay Minister Ordained by Presbyterian USA

John Shore | Posted 12.07.2011 | Religion
John Shore

Scott Anderson, who because of his sexual orientation was essentially forced out of his Presbyterian church in 1990, will, this Saturday, become the first openly gay person ordained in the history of PC (USA).

Activists Push Change In Methodists' Gay Policy

Posted 10.25.2011 | Religion

By Michael O'Malley Religion News Service CLEVELAND (RNS) Hundreds of United Methodists are meeting in Huron, Ohio, this week in an uphill bid to ...

WATCH: Presbyterian Churches Grapple With Gay Clergy Issue

Posted 08.25.2011 | Religion

East Liberty Presbyterian Church and Eastminster Church, less than a mile apart in Pittsburgh and united in their mission to improve their community, ...

Church Of England Affirms Celibacy Requirement For Gay Bishops

Posted 08.20.2011 | Religion

The Church of England will not refuse a promotion to the rank of bishop on the basis of sexual orientation as long as the candidate maintains celibacy...

Jaweed Kaleem

Episcopal Church in Maryland First In In U.S. Defect to Roman Catholic

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 09.20.2012 | Religion

An Episcopal parish in Maryland announced Monday that it will become the first in the United States to join the Roman Catholic Church under a Vatican ...

Gay Pastors, Female Clergy And The Gospel

Christopher Cocca | Posted 07.11.2011 | Religion
Christopher Cocca

For too long, many Christians have used spot-checks in Scripture to exclude groups from the radical equality and freedom before God that serve as the base of Jesus' Gospel message.

Conservative Evangelical Splinter Group Forms To Oppose Gay Clergy, Gay Marriage

AP | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

GROVE CITY, Ohio — Critics of the country's largest Lutheran denomination and its more open stance toward gay clergy formed a new Lutheran churc...

Gay Clergy: God's Spirit at Work?

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

It seems that once the issue of gay clergy has been resolved, usually after decades of wrangling, the denominations (or what's left of them, anyway) begin to experience a new freedom and energy to pursue their mission.

Presbyterian Leaders Approve Gay Clergy Policy

AP | PATRICK CONDON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

MINNEAPOLIS — Presbyterian leaders will not redefine marriage in their church constitution to include same-sex couples. The surprise vote to sh...

Rev. Tom Brock, Hope Lutheran Church Leader, To Keep Job After Advocating Ban On Gay Clergy While Attending Gay Support Group

AP | By PATRICK CONDON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

MINNEAPOLIS (AP)- A Lutheran pastor ardently critical of allowing gays into the clergy is on leave from his Minneapolis church after a gay magazine re...

The Fine Line Between Hypocrisy and Reform

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Deepak Chopra

What should pastors do if they no longer hold the defining beliefs of their denomination? Do clergy have a moral obligation not to challenge the sincere faith of their parishioners?

Lutheran Bishops Prepare To Welcome Gay Clergy

pewforum.org | Daniel Burke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

ishops in the nation's largest Lutheran denomination have approved preliminary steps to welcome a group of openly gay and lesbian ministers as officia...