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USA: More Than 25K Sign Petition to Allow Methodist Ministers to Marry Gays

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Faithful America PetitionFollowing a nasty court trial in which a Pennsylvania pastor was convicted for officiating at the wedding of his gay son, a group of Methodist pastors is turning in a petition to change church policy.

Gay Star News reports:

Progressive US Christian group Faithful America will present a petition on Thursday of over 24,000 signatures backing United Methodist clergy who want to be able to marry same-sex couples without fear of being disciplined by the church hierarchy or losing their jobs… Faithful America plan to present the petition, which went well over its 15,000 signature target, along with supportive United Methodist pastors to local Bishop Peggy Johnson. The petition reads, ‘Bishop Peggy Johnson, please join with the growing number of United Methodists who are obeying Jesus’ command to love our neighbors and disregarding the church’s immoral anti-gay rules.’

I used to go to the methodist church, and found the churchgoers to be, generally, open-minded and fair. It’s time for church leadership to re-evaluate its stance and do the right thing. You can sign the petition here.

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Churches in New Zealand, USA Consider Marrying Same-Sex Couples

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Gay Wedding RingsSeveral churches are considering allowing their priests to marry same-sex couples.In New Zealand, the Anglican Church may allow the practice by 2016, according to one Reverend.

Gay Star News reports:

St Matthew’s in the City’s the Reverend Clay Nelson says he expects a majority of Anglicans in New Zealand will support same-sex couples being allowed to marry in their churches by 2016. He made the comments to GayNZ.com after a motion at a meeting of the Anglican Synod backing same-sex marriage was barely defeated. ‘I do believe it will eventually pass, I hope no later than 2016,’ Rev. Nelson said.

In the US, a United Methodist Tribunal is considering the same issue.

Gay Star News reports:

The United Methodist Judicial Council will decide late October if its clergy and local church regions can hold different opinions on the issues of homosexuality and marriage and will also decide the fate of four priests who have been charged with marrying same-sex couples. A 1972 rule in the United Methodist Church’s internal law book states, ‘The UMC does not condone the practice of homosexuality and considers this practice incompatible with Christian teaching,’ and bars its clergy from officiating same-sex marriages but many United Methodist churches have been doing so anyway.

What started with small groups of supportive clergy is now making its way into the mainstream of these church organizations. And that’s a good thing.

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Defrocked Minister Shares Experiences and Offers Insight on Road to LGBT Equality

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Foundry United Methodist Church Welcomes Equal Rights Author and Speaker Jimmy Creech

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This Sunday, Sept. 25, Foundry United Methodist Church proudly hosts former United Methodist minister and lifelong equal rights advocate Jimmy Creech to celebrate the 16th anniversary of Foundry’s induction as a Reconciling Congregation and the church’s one-year anniversary of voting to practice marriage equality.

An inspiring advocate for full equal rights, Creech, now retired, was defrocked for officiating same-sex marriage ceremonies and now works with social action organizations like Soulforce – an interfaith movement confronting spiritual violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people – and Faith in America – an organization working to end religion-based intolerance.

When his ministerial credentials were removed for “disobedience to the Order and Discipline of The United Methodist Church,” Creech channeled his energy and passion into advocacy and has traveled the country speaking at churches, on college campuses, and to various community and national organizations about LGBT human and civil rights.

Creech will speak at each of Foundry’s services this Sunday at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. In addition to a book signing for Creech’s recent release Adam’s Gift: A Memoir of a Pastor’s Calling to Defy the Church’s Persecution of Lesbians and Gays at Foundry after the 11 a.m. service, Busboys and Poets (5th and K Street) will host a discussion and book signing with Creech the following day, Monday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m.

For more information on Jimmy Creech and other upcoming events at Foundry United Methodist Church, visit www.foundryumc.org.

Foundry United Methodist Church continues to remain a beacon on light for the Methodist community in Washington, D.C. In 1995, Foundry became one of the first larger United Methodist Churches to publicly affirm its commitment to the full inclusion of all persons when it joined the Reconciling Congregation Movement. For additional information, visit Foundry on the Web at http://www.foundryumc.org.

Posted by Melanie Nathan.

Religion and Gay Issues – Where the Churches Stand

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

Lutherans might be at the leading edge of issues surrounding religion and homosexuality, but other religious groups have staked out their positions as well:

Episcopal Church: Episcopalians allow gay ordinations, although bishops are not required to perform them. The church last year ended a moratorium on ordination of gays as bishops, choosing a lesbian in March in Los Angeles.

The church’s triennial general convention last year called for development of same-gender blessings. Meanwhile, the convention said, bishops may give “generous pastoral response” to couples in states that permit gay unions.

Full Story from the Sun Sentinel

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