If Claremont United Methodist Church’s Trayvon Martin-themed nativity — in which the teenager hunching over a pool of his own blood stands in for the baby Jesus — hasn’t fully satiated your appetite for politicized Christmas displays, there is more on offer this season.
A California church swap serves as a microcosm of messy Anglican realignment with both the stark theological differences and litigation that usually accompany it.
In my previous post, I highlighted some of the things I didn’t see at Reconciling Ministries Network’s (RMN) convocation Churchquake. In this post, I will highlight some of what I did witness Were I to summarize everything I saw or heard at Churchquake that would shock, bemuse, or anger the typical United Methodist, it would take me at […]
This past Labor Day weekend, Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN), a group advocating for a greater acceptance of homosexuality within the United Methodist Church, held its national convocation called Churchquake: Embracing Freedom. I had the pleasure of attending the convocation, held at the nearby 4-H Youth Conference Center in nearby Chevy Chase, Maryland. Over four days, I heard and saw many things that spoke to the radicalism of the UMC’s reconciling movement. But before going into what I did see, I believe it’d be more instructive to note what I didn’t see.
A vain desire to eliminate all distinctions among genders and their various homosexual and heterosexual acts featured prominently at pro-homosexual events during the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) 2013 Churchwide Assembly. The revisionist worship at which ELCA’s first openly homosexual bishop, Guy Erwin, gave the sermon, previously examined by me at Juicy Ecumenism, was merely the climax in a series of events hosted at the assembly by the Lutheran pro-homosexual group ReconcilingWorks. While the group’s website hailed that the assembly events including Erwin’s presence would “make history,” objective observation of ReconcilingWorks’ presence at the assembly in Pittsburgh’s David L. Lawrence Convention Center reveals a deeply disturbing agenda.
An annual gathering of emergent, progressive and liberal mainline Christians embraced lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) causes as it met outside of Asheville, NC this week.
The popular press has lately given a great deal of attention to the increasing acceptance of same sex marriage in certain parts of the country. It has also followed referenda and litigation concerning whether marriage can be understood as something between two people—with no reference to the sex of the parties—rather than exclusively between a man and a woman. The meta-narrative woven by advocates of same sex marriage is that “love is love,” regardless.
An annual progressive Christian festival that draws oldline Protestants and disaffected former evangelicals will feature workshops on transgenderism and “Intersex” next month. Inspired by Britain’s annual Greenbelt festival, the Wild Goose Festival brings performers, yoga practitioners, speakers and artists to a multi-day campout in the mountains of western North Carolina August 8-11. In its first […]
Despite significant nods to homosexual groups and individuals at the recent Presidential Inauguration, I couldn’t help but notice some dissatisfied tweeting from activists lamenting that the “B and T” of “LGBT” went unacknowledged. IRD has already noted that both transgenderism and polyamory are going to continue to be more openly proclaimed and celebrated in old-line […]
What follows is the official announcement for the recently published Queen James Bible. Please enjoy…or not. Homosexuality in The Bible Homosexuality was first mentioned in the Bible in 1946 in the Revised Standard Version. There is no mention of or reference to homosexuality in any Bible prior to this – only interpretations have been made. Anti-LGBT Bible […]