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New Mormon Website Features Softer Tone on Gays
Originally Posted: 12/10/2012 - 10:03am | Type: Blog

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints isn't changing its tune about homosexuality, but it has launched a new website to alter the tone. SALT LAKE CITY—The Church of ...

Tutu Urges Uganda to Drop Bid to Jail Gays and Lesbians
Originally Posted: 12/06/2012 - 11:19am | Type: Blog

Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Tuesday urged Uganda to scrap a controversial draft law that would send gays and lesbians to jail and, some say, put them at risk of the death penalty. ...

Ugandan Parliament Re-Introduces Gay Death Penalty - What Can Christians Do?
Originally Posted: 11/28/2012 - 2:44pm | Type: Blog

The Ugandan Parliament has re-introduced a draconian anti-LGBT bill that has received widespread international criticism. Under this bill, first introduced in 2011 and re-introduced earlier this year, the gove ...

Tyler Clementi’s Parents Leave Their Church Over Homosexuality Views
Originally Posted: 08/28/2012 - 7:37am | Type: Blog

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — The parents of Tyler Clementi have left their longtime evangelical church due to its views on homosexuality. RIDGEWOOD, N.J.  — The parents of Tyler Clementi ha ...

Don't Make Dialogue Illegal: Standing Up for Persecuted LGBT in Uganda
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 11:15am | Type: Blog

This week, I and many U.S. Christian leaders signed on to a letter, concerning a re-introduced version of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill, a bill which perpetuates some alarming and hateful language about the ...

Counter-protesters Target Westboro Baptist Church
Originally Posted: 07/24/2012 - 9:49am | Type: Blog

Thousands of people wearing red shirts gathered in downtown Columbia, Mo., July 21 to honor an Army solider killed recently in Afghanistan—and to fend off Westboro Baptist Church. ...

Our Values ... Charted
Originally Posted: 06/28/2012 - 11:29am | Type: Blog

The Atlantic provides some insights into its recent American Values Survey. The Atlantic provides some insights into its recent American Values Survey, conducted in conjunctio ...

U.S. Nuns Rip Vatican Over 'Unsubstantiated Accusations'
Originally Posted: 06/01/2012 - 5:43pm | Type: Blog

The unexpectedly strong pushback to the Vatican may be an indication of how much backlash the campaign has sparked among Catholics, who value the sisters’ longstanding ministry in education, health care and so ...

A North Carolina Christian’s Response to Pastor Charles L. Worley
Originally Posted: 05/23/2012 - 12:04pm | Type: Blog

This week is one of those weeks where everyone seems to be talking, tweeting and blogging about the same video. I received it from several concerned friends with commentary like, “More bad news from North Caro ...

Dear Pastor Charles Worley: We Condemn Your Words of Hatred and Cruelty. REPENT!
Originally Posted: 05/23/2012 - 11:58am | Type: Blog

No matter where you stand on the issue of gay marriage, there are some boundaries of human decency that should never be crossed. Never. ...

TRANSCRIPT: President Obama's ABC News Interview on Same-Sex Marriage
Originally Posted: 05/10/2012 - 12:08pm | Type: Blog

"At a certain point, I've just concluded that — for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that — I think same-sex couples should be able to get married. Now — I have to tell yo ...

North Carolina Approves Ban on Same-Sex Marriage
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 6:03pm | Type: Blog

The sign outside the polling station at Devon Park United Methodist Church exemplified this state's struggle with a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. "A true marriage is male and fe ...

N.C. Black Pastor Treads Carefully on Gay Marriage
Originally Posted: 05/03/2012 - 7:37pm | Type: Blog

RALEIGH, N.C. -- With only a few days remaining before North Carolinians vote on a state constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, the Rev. Earl C. Johnson took five minutes on Sunday (April 30) to gi ...

Methodists Uphold Policy Calling Homosexuality 'Incompatible with Christian Teaching'
Originally Posted: 05/03/2012 - 5:50pm | Type: Blog

Despite emotional protests and fierce lobbying from gay rights groups, United Methodists voted on Thursday to maintain their denomination's stance that homosexuals acts are "incompatible with Christi ...

Opposition to Gay Marriage Lower in 2012
Originally Posted: 04/30/2012 - 9:09am | Type: Blog

Opposition to gay marriage is significantly lower in 2012 compared to the previous two presidential campaigns, a survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press shows. ...

Piper's Tweets About Gays: Dude, Where Is the Love?
Originally Posted: 02/27/2012 - 9:00am | Type: Blog

It seems Piper has a Twitter problem. Maybe he doesn’t see it as such, because with fewer than 140 characters, he can stir up quite a storm of controversy. But considering the damage that can be done with so f ...

Faithful America to MSNBC: Stop Inviting Tony Perkins to Speak for Christians. He Doesn't.
Originally Posted: 02/16/2012 - 8:03pm | Type: Blog

Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson, New York faith leaders, and members of Faithful America delivered a petition with 20,000 signatures to MSNBC studios in New York City's Rockefeller Center on Tuesday askin ...

Uganda Revives Anti-Gay Bill
Originally Posted: 02/09/2012 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

CORRECTION: After our original post ran yesterday, we learned that there has been some confusion over the language of the current proposed language of the Ugandan anti-gay bill. In fact, the death penalty has ...

Two-Thirds of Americans Say They're Both: "Pro-Life" AND "Pro-Choice"
Originally Posted: 01/17/2012 - 5:02pm | Type: Blog

A fascinating new study by the Public Religion Research Institute found that two-thirds of all Americans identify with both the "pro-life" and "pro-choice" labels simultaneously. ...

Millennials to the Church: Wake Up or We're Outta Here
Originally Posted: 01/12/2012 - 11:25am | Type: Blog

Young people are thirsting for social justice, and simply not finding those principles in the pews. Most vexing of all is that this trend isn’t surprising. But it should be. ...

Gang of Eight: GOP Candidates Debate o' the Week
Originally Posted: 11/23/2011 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

Another week, another Republican Presidential Debate. This time, eight of the GOP candidates for the nomination spent their evening putting forward their beliefs on the issues of foreign policy and national s ...

"Spirit Day" 2011 Round-up
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, was Spirit Day, a national movement to speak out against bullying of LGBT teens. Here are a few links as to what religious communities and leaders are saying and doing about bullying: ...

News: Quick Links
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

Tavis Smiley and Cornel West Examine Poverty in America Tavis Smiley and Cornel West Examine Poverty in America Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West have put together ...

Evangelicals: By The Numbers
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 8:12am | Type: Blog

What are "the evangelicals," you ask? Certainly not a political or ideological monolith, as recent polling and survey numbers demonstrate. What are "the evang ...

For LGBT Youth, a Shelter From the Streets of Rejection
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

[Editors' note: This post is part of a series over the last few weeks on youth homelessness. [ Editors' note : This post is part of a series over the last few week ...

Building Bridges > Burning Bridges
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Do yourself a favor and watch this. It's 7:15 minutes long but well worth your time. Do yourself a favor and watch this. It's 7:15 minutes long but well worth your time ...

The Dark Underbelly of Fundamentalist, Charismatic Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I was raised in a charismatic megachurch that prided itself in being "non-religious." Our pastor thought of himself as a grace preacher, and in many ways he was. I was r ...

My Thoughts on Sojourners, Coalition Building, and LGBTQ Rights
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

On my personal blog, I <a href="http://brianmclaren.net/archives/blog/this-is-not-actually-a-blog-post.html" target="_blank">traced my journey</a> on the issue of homosexuality ...

A Statement on Sojourners' Mission and LGBTQ Issues
Originally Posted: 11/03/2011 - 10:17am | Type: Blog

Some controversy has arisen about an ad campaign that a new coalition wanted to run in Sojourners on the issue of the LGBTQ community and the church. [ Update : For a list of ...

Love Comes First
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I was in the middle of a degree in biblical and theological studies when one of my close friends told me she was gay. She didn't last long at her church after coming out to her small group. ...

'Have You Tried Washing Their Feet?'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/22/have-you-tried-washing-their-feet/" target="_self"></a>A few weeks ago, I got a free sermon on the metro.</p> ...

Is Evangelical Christianity Having a Great Gay Awakening?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/01/25/is-evangelical-christianity-having-a-great-gay-awakening/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Some of my dearest friends a ...

How To Say Defiantly, 'I am Baptized!'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

At the baptism of our Lord, heaven simply could not contain God Godself and God the Spirit who interrupt the regularly scheduled programming to bring a very important message. At ...

Christians and Bullying: Standing with Gays and Lesbians
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

My mother used to give us kids two instructions:</p> My mother used to give us kids two instructions: If there is a kid on the playground that nobody else is playing ...

The Failure to Repeal 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' Should Concern All of Us
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"After more than 50 years in the military and politics, I am still amazed to see how upset people can get over nothing. "After more than 50 years in the military and pol ...

God Loves Gays, and So Should We
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/09/23/god-loves-gays-and-so-should-we/"></a>This summer, while at my favorite lake in Maine, I read Andrew ...

Ignoble Indifference: Evangelicals, Race, and GLBT Issues
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

[<a href="../tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the <em>Sojourners </em>magazine article "<a href="http://www.so ...

Open the Discussion
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Maxine Sitts Tom Breckenridge Thank you for printing the eloquent letter from Nancy Can ...

Take a Risk
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

SFW, Brother River Damien Sims Sojourners has great articles, and advocates for people whom no one else will advocate for. But I will not ...

Can We Talk?
Originally Posted: 03/22/2013 - 4:18pm | Type: Magazine Article

Brian D. McLaren The Manhattan Declaration’s harder challenge. Nobody I’ve ever met likes abortion and conside ...

Is Christianity a Straitjacket?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Would you be interested in getting to know someone if all you knew about her was what she didn't do?</p> Would you be interested in getting to know someone if all you k ...

Family Research Council: Homosexual Behavior Should Be Criminalized in America
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

What kind of place will gay people have in our society? The debate rages on--in the military as well as the church. What kind of place will gay people have in our society? The deb ...

Another Injustice
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Nancy Cannon Despite my great respect for Sojourners magazine and its staff, I find myself disappointed, once again, as I scan the pages o ...

Where are the Other Christian Voices Against Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

As a career missionary to Africa, I fear what would happen to me on judgment day if I didn't speak out against what is happening in Uganda right now in the name of Christ. As ...

Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill: A Betrayal of Christ's Teachings
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

There are times in the "culture wars" when a very diverse group of religious leaders can come together across the political spectrum in a common cause. There are times i ...

Ending AIDS' Stigma
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

President Obama and his administration were busy this past Friday. President Obama and his administration were busy this past Friday. The president signed into legislation The Rya ...

The Media's Favorite Catholic Culture Warrior
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Just in time for Halloween, Bill Donohue of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights is once again spooked about all those "radical secularists" lurking ominously behind ever corner. ...

The State and the Union
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Logan Laituri Should the government get out of the marriage business? In April, Vermont and Iowa effectively l ...

Mennonites Call Church to Confess
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Jeannie Choi More than 100 Mennonite pastors and lay ministers releas ...

Evangelicals Need to Love Gay People
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Jonathan Merritt may be the most courageous Southern Baptist in America this week for his <a href="http://blogs.usatoday.com/oped/2009/04/an-evangelicals-plea-love-the-sinner.html#more"><em& ...