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The confirmation class that protested Methodist LGBTQ politics reveals the huge split within the church.
Their confirmation service was set to take place that day. But this year, the class made other plans: Together, the students wrote a statement rejecting their membership as an act of resistance. Two class members read it in front of the church. “While we love our congregation,” they said, as their parents and other members watched from the pews, “we believe the United Methodist policies on LGBTQ+ clergy and same-sex marriage are immoral.”
church  church:umc  christianity  children  lgbtq 
april 2019 by dirtystylus
Prophetic, Not Partisan: Why We Need Courageous Preaching about Politics | America Magazine
It seems that many Catholics, both in the pews and in the pulpit, have conflated politics with partisanship, assuming that addressing any issue on which our two major political parties are divided necessarily constitutes an endorsement of one and rejection of the other. This narrow focus produces a regrettable sidestepping of questions of the common good in preaching, which can lead to saccharine, feel-good homilies. On the other hand, some Catholics have been eager to “baptize” one party or the other—the Republicans for the issues of abortion and religious liberty, the Democrats for poverty and immigration—and pull out the pitchforks whenever support for their party’s positions are challenged.

The Gospel demands more of us—both when we speak and when we listen. While we must avoid partisanship, we must also avoid letting the fear of partisanship loom so large that it overpowers our ability to speak prophetically on issues that are political in the best sense: questions about how to order our common life toward the common good. Jesus in the Gospels is anything but silent on these questions, and those who follow him cannot be silent either.
catholicism  church  politics  christianity  religion 
february 2018 by dirtystylus
Interview: The answer was love | Reform Magazine
You said in a blog that the slogan ‘Love the sinner, hate the sin’ is on the same spectrum of violence as that shooting.

Yes. Number one, that’s an unscriptural teaching. If anything Jesus calls Christians to love the sinner and hate their own sin. Also, homosexuality is not a sin, bisexuality is not a sin, being transgender is not a sin. That’s like me saying heterosexuality is a sin – you can’t classify a whole category of people as sinful based on their sexual orientation. If people misuse their sexuality for dominance, coercion, abuse, then absolutely; but if it has been consecrated for use by God then in the words of Pope Francis: ‘Who am I to judge?’
by:stephentomkins  via:broderickgreer  lgbtq  church  religion  whiteness  whiteprivilege  evangelicalism  sin  theology  inclusion 
march 2017 by dirtystylus
How Donald Trump Hijacked the Religious Right | New Republic
As Trump continued gaining ground in the polls, Moore began to realize that the campaign represented nothing short of a battle for the soul of the Christian right. By backing Trump, white evangelicals were playing into the hands of a new, alt-right version of Christianity—a sprawling coalition of white nationalists, old-school Confederates, neo-Nazis, Islamophobes, and social-media propagandists who viewed the religious right, first and foremost, as a vehicle for white supremacy. The election, Moore warned in a New York Times op-ed last May, “has cast light on the darkness of pent-up nativism and bigotry all over the country.” Those who were criticizing Trump, he added, “have faced threats and intimidation from the ‘alt-right’ of white supremacists and nativists who hide behind avatars on social media.”
religion  politics  evangelicals  unitedstates  evangelicalism  racism  donaldtrump  election2016  church  republicanparty 
march 2017 by dirtystylus
Permission to Lament | Spiritual Friendship
But lament is different. If despair says, “The road has no destination,” lament sounds a contrasting note: “I know there will be joy when I arrive at the destination, but I’m not there yet, and this road feels very long and hard sometimes.” If despair gives up on the pilgrim way, lament keeps putting one foot in front of the other—while crying (Psalm 126:5-6). If despair’s head is downcast, lament’s face may be shining with tears but it is upturned, addressing God. If despair gives up, lament gives way on occasion—to frustration (Psalm 13:1-2), to groaning (Romans 8:18-25), to complaining (Psalm 22:1).
loneliness  spirituality  religion  christianity  lgbtq  church  friendship  via:wesleyhill 
january 2017 by dirtystylus
This Christmas, Receive the Gift of Grateful Dependence – Opinion – ABC Religion & Ethics (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
What we expect from each other in a generous and grown-up society is much more to do with all of us learning how to ask from each other, how to receive from each other, how to depend on the generosity of those who love us and stand alongside us. And that again means a particular care for those who need us most, who need us to secure their place and guarantee that there is nourishment and stability for them.
via:ayjay  advent  christianity  church  empathy  dependence  religion  jesus  christmas  rowanwilliams 
december 2016 by dirtystylus
Confessions of a Carioca: Reconciling the Irreconcilable
The New Testament’s emphasis is not on people learning to live with what divides then, but learning to live out what unites them
via:wesleyhill  theology  episcopal  church  queerness  lgbtq  inclusion  gospel  religion  christianity 
november 2016 by dirtystylus
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