(RNS) — After condemnation from conservatives, ‘The Message’ author says he regrets telling RNS columnist Jonathan Merritt that he would officiate a same-sex wedding.
Last October, evangelicalism was rocked by the launch of ChurchClarity.org, an organization that reports churches’ LGBTQ+ policies and rates congregations based on their level of clarity. The website angered Christians on both sides of the issue. Some conservatives attacked the CC’s liberal leadership, while some progressives claimed that labeling churches undermined progress. Nevertheless, Church Clarity persisted. Over the past two months, CC published scores for 500 congregations and have 700 more in the pipeline.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Amendments meant to safeguard freedoms of speech and religion for gay-marriage opponents were all rejected, though those issues may be considered later.
(RNS) — ‘I know this may sound crazy to those who still harbor deep spiritual and psychological wounds from ‘church hurt’ around their sexuality, but I urge you to trust and believe that although some humans may have harmed you, G-d, however, is still seeking to be reconciled with you through unconditional love,’ writes F. Romall Smalls.
HARARE, Zimbabwe (RNS) — ‘The church knew we were in a gay relationship, but preachers used to indirectly attack us each time they stood to preach,’ said Liberty Siziba, whose partner died of AIDS.
(RNS) — ‘Given the baggage it’s taken on, the term is probably not salvageable. The effort to redeem it is probably not worth the cost in time and energy,’ writes Tom Krattenmaker.
ROME (AP) — The Italian journalist who was put on trial by the Vatican for publishing confidential documents has penned a new book alleging a host of Catholic sins, including gay sex in the dormitory of the Vatican’s youth seminary.
(RNS) — ‘Over three decades of ministry, I have seen both men and women struggle to live up to uni-dimensional caricatures of both hyper-masculinized manhood and hyper-feminized womanhood,’ writes Julie Roys.
(RNS) — ‘A spate of recent events suggests that LGBT-affirming voices within religious communities are more emboldened and confident than ever,’ writes Jacob Lupfer. (COMMENTARY)
(RNS) — Prominent pastors are finding themselves on the hot seat thanks to a new group’s efforts to call out leaders who lack clear stances, writes Jonathan Merritt. (COMMENTARY)
(RNS) — ‘Separation from the BSA will allow the church to continue distinct programs for boys and girls, each designed to train the next generation in their designated gender roles,’ writes Benjamin Park.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump assured a high-profile gathering of Christian conservatives that his administration will defend religious organizations, promising a return to traditional American values.
(RNS) — ‘We can navigate our differences and protect others while respecting religious freedom,’ writes Jennifer Butler.
WASHINGTON (AP) — In an order that undercuts federal protections for LGBT people, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a sweeping directive to agencies Friday (Oct. 6) to do as much as possible to accommodate those who claim their religious freedoms are being violated.
LONDON (RNS) — Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has indicated how difficult the meeting is likely to be, saying that the leaders of the Anglican provinces would gather together to pray, and even ‘to weep with one another.’