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    Mon, 23 Mar 2015
    blogWalking in Grace: Affirming Marriage for All...

    Presbyteries have now voted YES! The Book of Order of the Presbyterian Church (USA) now includes all loving and committed couples. Amendment 14F was ratified by 51% of our Presbyteries. In the PC(USA), marriage is now defined as between “two people.” More Light Presbyterians embarked on this journey decades ago. One... more...

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    Fri, 6 Mar 2015
    blogFor Little Bay: When Discrimination Impacts Our...

    A year ago, when the Rowse-DeBoer marriage equality case was heard in a federal court in Detroit, I joined marriage equality supporters picketing in front of the courthouse. There I was lucky enough to meet Jami and Krista, a lovely same-sex couple who have since become parents and celebrities (but not in a good way). Jami and... more...

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    Mon, 23 Feb 2015
    blogLGBT Catholic Pilgrims Get VIP Seats At Papal...

    In what is surely the most official welcome from Church officials that New Ways Ministry has received in its 38-year history, and one of the warmest welcomes the LGBT community has received, a pilgrimage group of 48 LGBT Catholics and supporters led by our co-founder, Sister Jeannine Gramick, SL, received VIP seating at the papal... more...

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    Wed, 28 Jan 2015
    blogSexuality & Faith: A New Course for Religious...

    The intersection of faith and sexuality is one that is often traveled with misconceptions and anxiety because the Church has mostly failed to offer thoughtful, helpful information and education. The Church has been more of a hindrance than a help when it comes to affirmation of our creation as God’s children of flesh and spirit.... more...

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    Wed, 21 Jan 2015
    blogMartin Luther King Jr. Day: Marriage Equality &...

    It was a glorious day! It was the first day my marriage of 37 years to Paula was deemed legal in the state where we make our home—Florida! But in the middle of our marriage equality celebration—there was a lesson about race. More than a dozen couples stood in the early morning air on Tuesday morning at the Manatee... more...

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    Mon, 12 Jan 2015
    blog7 Reasons To “Queer" The New Year

    So, you’ve probably noticed the word “Queer” being used more and more. Do you find yourself wondering, “why use the word Queer?” Maybe you’re LGBTQ and wondering why Queer matters in your community. Well get your party hats on, because this post is a celebration of all things Queer, and you’re... more...

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    Mon, 22 Dec 2014
    blogFrom The Pulpit: The Names We Must Speak In Church

    A few weeks ago, I had the honor of preaching at my home congregation in Pittsburgh, PA. As it was the first Sunday in Advent, I knew that my topic would have something to do with looking to what the Biblical text said about the return of Jesus to inform us about waiting for His birth. As the date grew closer, the non-indictment of... more...

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    Fri, 19 Dec 2014
    blogWhy Racial Justice Matters To Believe Out Loud

    On November 24, a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown. Believe Out Loud laments this decision and the continued devaluation of black lives in the United States of America. Unfortunately, our community’s response to two posts we shared about the... more...

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    Mon, 8 Dec 2014
    blogWhat LGBTQ People Need To Hear From Christian...

    "Sexual orientation is not a sin. Gender identity is not a sin. We are all created in the image of God." For me, more than anything else—this statement is what I want to hear from our religious leaders. I want to hear the unambiguous pronouncement that people who are same gender loving, bisexual, transgender,... more...

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    Mon, 17 Nov 2014
    blogChristians Pledge To End Discrimination Against...

    Great News! A faith-based, public education project to raise awareness about the harms caused to LGBTQ people when there is not a non-discrimination law on the books has been successful! Our work has attracted the attention of Ohio lawmakers. Now, all eyes are turning toward to the faith community to find out what we think about... more...

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