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TIMELINE: LGBT People and the Recent Church
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jenna Barnett A timeline on the church concerning the LGBT community.  The recent history of the church’s tre ...

Retreats Aim to Help LGBT Youth Recapture Some of Their Broken Spirituality
Originally Posted: 12/09/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Blog

“Most LGBT adults have left their childhood religion because of rejection they’ve experienced,” Ryan said. “So many have a lack of rootedness and connectedness. (Reciprocity’s) approach is helping to restore a ...

Sojo Stories: Matthew Vines on 'God and the Gay Christian'
Originally Posted: 12/02/2014 - 11:19am | Type: Blog

Matthew Vines took a leave of absence from his Harvard studies to explore what the Bible says about homosexuality. As a conservative evangelical Christian with a high view of scripture, Vines struggled to reco ...

Southern Baptists, LGBT Activists Happily Coexist, but for How Long?
Originally Posted: 11/03/2014 - 9:47am | Type: Blog

When Southern Baptists convened a national conference in Nashville, Tenn., this week to discuss issues of human sexuality, bringing conservative evangelicals and LGBT Christian activists into the same ballroom ...

Southern Baptist Leaders Cut Ties with California LGBT-Affirming Church
Originally Posted: 09/25/2014 - 9:11am | Type: Blog

The Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee voted unanimously Sept. 23 to break ties with New Heart Community Church in La Mirada, Calif., after determining it was condoning “homosexual behavior.” ...

Mormons Embrace Social Media to Push Back Against Official Church Teachings
Originally Posted: 09/16/2014 - 1:16pm | Type: Blog

It was a gathering that would have been unthinkable just five years ago. It was a gathering that would have been unthinkable just five years ago. On a cool summer evening, in a ...

Gay, Christian, and … Celibate: The Changing Face of the Homosexuality Debate
Originally Posted: 08/05/2014 - 8:26am | Type: Blog

When Julie Rodgers came out as a lesbian at age 17, her mom responded by taking her to an ex-gay ministry in Dallas. When Julie Rodgers came out as a lesbian at age 17, her mom r ...

Three Reasons It Doesn’t Matter What We Think About Homosexuality
Originally Posted: 07/11/2014 - 12:01pm | Type: Blog

Though I do believe this dialogue is important, mainly because it will almost certainly lead to greater understanding and open-mindedness among the body of believers, I actually don’t think our opinion on the ...

Utah to Appeal Gay Marriage Case to Supreme Court
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 1:38pm | Type: Blog

The Utah attorney general announced Wednesday that he will go straight to the U.S. Supreme Court to challenge an appellate ruling that declared the state’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. ...

Chile OKs Some Abortions; LGBT Threats Are Global
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 11:54am | Type: Press

June 20, 2014 Sojo in the News Womens eNews ...

LGBT Workers May Feel Impact of Hobby Lobby Ruling
Originally Posted: 07/02/2014 - 11:11am | Type: Blog

What’s the next religious liberties faceoff? Some suggest it could be between LGBT workers and religious owners of private businesses. What’s the next religious liberties faceoff? ...

Why I Am Still In Detroit
Originally Posted: 06/17/2014 - 9:59am | Type: Blog

Nine days after my Dad’s memorial service on June 7, I am still in Detroit. Nine days after my Dad’s memorial service on June 7, I am still in Detroit. I am still in Detroit to ...

Boy Scouts' Gay Leader Ban Preserves Worst Stereotypes, Holder Says
Originally Posted: 06/12/2014 - 2:47pm | Type: Blog

Taking aim at the Boy Scouts of America’s continuing ban on gay adult leaders, Attorney General Eric Holder said the prohibition perpetuates “the worst kind of stereotypes.” Takin ...

Conservative United Methodists Say Divide Over Sexuality Is 'Irreconcilable'
Originally Posted: 05/27/2014 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

Will the United Methodist Church soon have to drop the “United” part of its name? Will the United Methodist Church soon have to drop the “United” part of its name? A group of 8 ...

VIDEO: Matthew Vines on "God and the Gay Christian"
Originally Posted: 05/19/2014 - 2:50pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Matthew Vines sits down with Sojourners to discuss his first book, God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of ...

My Dad's Worst Day
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 2:09pm | Type: Magazine Article

Matthew Vines Excerpt from God and the Gay Christian by Matthew Vines, Convergent Books OURS IS A CHRISTIAN F ...

Listen to the Silence: Thoughts on World Vision and the Pitfalls of Modern Communcation
Originally Posted: 04/04/2014 - 9:25am | Type: Blog

When it comes to issues so central to the Christian life, faithfulness requires thoughtful dialogue, tenacious endurance, and meaningful change from the bottom up. These are impor ...

Getting Beyond Infighting to a Unified Church
Originally Posted: 04/04/2014 - 8:40am | Type: Blog

The mission of God is reconciliation and the vocation of God’s people, the church. When we spend more time attacking each other rather than attacking the areas of brokenness in our world, we become a reflectio ...

Why I Shared My Sexuality Story
Originally Posted: 04/01/2014 - 8:03am | Type: Blog

I shared my sexuality story chiefly because, as L’Engle says, vulnerability is one of the essential ingredients to being alive. And, I would add, to being human. “When we were ...

Over 200 African American Clergy, Evangelical Leaders and Christian Scholars Denounce SB 2681
Originally Posted: 03/13/2014 - 1:40pm | Type: Press

March 12, 2014 Sojo in the News ACLU of Mississippi ...

Survey: Americans Turn Sharply Favorable on Gay Issues
Originally Posted: 02/27/2014 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

Americans’ attitudes toward the lives and choices of gays and lesbians have changed radically since Massachusetts first legalized same — sex marriage a decade ago. Americans’ atti ...

You Brought Me a Beer — and Took My Picture
Originally Posted: 02/25/2014 - 9:23am | Type: Blog

Is it any wonder why so many people throw up their hands and run away from what sometimes gets passed off as religion? Isn't it interesting that those who describe themselves as non-religious often grasp ...

Why There Needs to Be More than One Story
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 2:53pm | Type: Blog

Given the degree of power stories hold to affect our society, it is incumbent upon us to do justice to all stories by cultivating a safe place where every voice is valued. We may ...

How to Be Perfect
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 9:02am | Type: Blog

“Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). Seriously, Jesus? Have you even met some of us? Have you seen the depths of our jealousies, the breadth of our greed? Have you notice ...

Five Things That Will Shock Our Grandkids About Us
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 9:57am | Type: Blog

In decades to come, we’ll look back at some norms of today and wonder how we tolerated them. I’m a big fan of the TV show Mad Men, which takes place in the midst of the Madis ...

Serving Two Masters: When Church and Justice Don't Agree
Originally Posted: 11/26/2013 - 10:05am | Type: Blog

Methodist minister Rev. Frank Schaefer (not to be confused with Frank Schaeffer) has come up against what some might call a conflict of interest in living out his call as a minister of the gospel. ...

American Jews Say Others Face More Discrimination
Originally Posted: 10/25/2013 - 9:43am | Type: Blog

y they face discrimination in the U.S., but they see Muslims, gays, and blacks facing far more. American Jews say they face discrimination in the U.S., but they see Muslims, gays, ...

Faith, Family, Latino, LGBT, All 'Before God'
Originally Posted: 10/17/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

Before God: We are All Family is a new film focused on the experiences of Latina LGBT people. As a boy growing up, Joanna Maria Cifredo wasn’t like her brothers. “My brothers l ...

Pope Francis: A Selected Overview Of Recent Conversations
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 1:33pm | Type: Press

October 3, 2013 Sojo in the News Examiner.com ...

Musings of a Millennial: Removing the Political Baggage from Evangelicalism
Originally Posted: 09/03/2013 - 3:22pm | Type: Blog

My generation (the millennials) no longer identify with divisive partisan politics of our country done under the guise of “evangelicalism.” We have seen and heard the long and dirty history of evangelical poli ...

N.J. Gay Conversion Therapy Ban Challenged in Federal Court
Originally Posted: 08/27/2013 - 8:55am | Type: Blog

New Jersey’s newly enacted ban on gay-to-straight conversion therapy for minors violates a licensed therapist’s obligation to “respect the rights of clients to make decisions,” according to a federal lawsuit f ...

Reflections from Wild Goose Festival '13
Originally Posted: 08/14/2013 - 11:53am | Type: Blog

Even more amazing than these "celebrity" Christians was the interactions that the "nobodies" who live quiet, faithful lives in small communities around the world and all have come together ...

Let It Ring: Indigo Girls Grace The Goose
Originally Posted: 08/13/2013 - 10:35am | Type: Blog

To be frank, I have been to a lot of secular music festivals that pay admirable lip service to activism, but these did not feel like they were anything close to being part of a movement. Wild Goose, on the oth ...

Study: Evangelical ‘Messy Middle’ More Accepting of Gays
Originally Posted: 08/13/2013 - 8:21am | Type: Blog

A new voice is emerging in the evangelical community, and it’s turning away from the church’s vocal opposition to homosexuality in favor of a more tolerant attitude. A new voice i ...

Equal Protection — for All
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 8:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis We should always be open to what God is speaking to a new generation of Christians. THIS SUMMER, t ...

Pope Francis on Gays Reveals a House Divided
Originally Posted: 08/01/2013 - 12:49pm | Type: Blog

I continue to be impressed and pleased by the direction this pope seems to be taking. And the very fact that he has broken rank with the traditional Catholic teaching about homosexuality is, within his own par ...

Did Pope Francis Change Church Teaching on Homosexuality?
Originally Posted: 07/29/2013 - 5:25pm | Type: Blog

Blogs and social media immediately exploded with commentary that either hailed — or lamented — the pope’s words as a shift in Catholic teaching on the role of gays and lesbians in the church. But did Pope Fran ...

Presbyterian Group Appoints First Openly Transgender Director of Mainline Protestant Organization
Originally Posted: 07/24/2013 - 5:25pm | Type: Blog

More Light Presbyterians, a network of congregations and individuals in the Presbyterian Church (USA) that advocates for LGBT inclusion, today announced Alex McNeill as their new executive director. McNeill is ...

Religious Leaders Divided on Gay-Marriage Decisions
Originally Posted: 06/27/2013 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Religious leaders from across the country revealed their thoughts on yesterday’s DOMA and Prop 8. decisions. Religious leaders from across the country revealed their thoughts on y ...

Christian Leaders Respond to DOMA Decision
Originally Posted: 06/27/2013 - 9:36am | Type: Blog

“DOMA is dead.” “DOMA is dead.” Such were the chants heard outside the United States Supreme Court yesterday when it was announced that the highest judicial body in the nation ...

Exodus International’s Alan Chambers: Bending History’s Arc
Originally Posted: 06/21/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Blog

The arc of history is being shaped before us, and as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., foretold, it is bending toward justice. Not for some, but for all. Thank God. And thank you, Alan Chambers. ...

Ex-Gay Group Exodus International Shuts Down, President Apologizes
Originally Posted: 06/20/2013 - 8:58am | Type: Blog

Exodus International, a group that bills itself as “the oldest and largest Christian ministry dealing with faith and homosexuality,” announced late Wednesday that it’s shutting its doors. ...

QUIRK: 'Daily Show' Takes On 'Bullying' of Christians (VIDEO)
Originally Posted: 06/19/2013 - 9:17am | Type: Blog

Daily Show correspondent Samantha Bee talks LGBT-on-Christian 'bullying' in comedy show segment. Daily Show  correspondent Samantha Bee's latest segment for the ...

The LGBT Gap, By Religion
Originally Posted: 06/18/2013 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

We all know that when it comes to the acceptance of LGBT folks, religions differ. But what the religions communicate, and how the people in the pews actually feel, are not the same. ...

Study Says Gays Find Most U.S. Faiths Unfriendly
Originally Posted: 06/17/2013 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

Gay Americans are much less religious than the general U.S. population, and about 3-in-10 of them say they have felt unwelcome in a house of worship, a new study shows. Gay Americ ...

Wounding and Welcome in the Church
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 8:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Jason Howard Does Jesus Really Love Me? A Gay Christians Pilgrimage in Search of God in America. Harper TWO Y ...

Paved with Good Intentions
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 9:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins The beginning of wisdom proposed in the best documentaries is simply this: telling the truth, to ourselves and others, as ...

What God Has Joined
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 9:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite Social, political, and economic forces can either undermine the institution of marriage–or foster a society w ...

After Rhode Island, Is Gay Marriage ‘Inevitable’? Conservatives Say No
Originally Posted: 05/06/2013 - 10:05am | Type: Blog

WASHINGTON — Rhode Island on May 2 became the 10th state to approve same-sex marriage, and the Delaware Legislature holds a key vote on May 9 on the same issue. But Brian Brown, president of the National Orga ...

Boy Scouts Proposal Displeases Religious Leaders on Both Sides
Originally Posted: 04/24/2013 - 3:19pm | Type: Blog

Conservative and liberal religious leaders may not agree on much, but both are expressing displeasure with the Boy Scouts’ proposal to accept gay members but reject gay leaders. ...