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Mormon Couple Doesn’t Want to be Part of Supreme Court Gay Marriage Case
Originally Posted: 04/17/2015 - 11:03am | Type: Blog

A Mormon man and woman in a mixed-orientation marriage are objecting to their inclusion in a U.S. Supreme Court case filing because it argues that legalized gay marriage would demean marriages like theirs. ...

Coercion or Persuasion? On Religious Liberty and LGBT Rights
Originally Posted: 04/15/2015 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

The present tension between religious liberty and LGBT rights is unsustainable, but it is not insurmountable. The limiting of religious freedom is a perpetually contested question ...

Lonely Widower Takes Lead in Landmark Gay Marriage Case
Originally Posted: 04/14/2015 - 2:52pm | Type: Blog

Since the justices agreed in January to consider the case, his life has become a whirlwind of media interviews and speaking engagements. Jim Obergefell and John Arthur spent more ...

NJ Catholic School Teacher Reinstated After Anti-Gay Facebook Posts
Originally Posted: 04/14/2015 - 2:55pm | Type: Blog

Patricia Jannuzzi, the veteran Catholic high school teacher from New Jersey suspended for her anti-gay Facebook posts, will be reinstated immediately. Patricia Jannuzzi, the veter ...

Anglican Communion’s New Secretary General Draws Praise from Africa, Condemnation Elsewhere
Originally Posted: 04/13/2015 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

African Anglicans welcomed the appointment of a Nigerian bishop as the next secretary general of the 85 million-member Anglican Communion, even as others criticized the appointment because of his anti-gay comm ...

Alan Chambers: President Obama Is Right to Try to End Ex-Gay Therapy for Minors
Originally Posted: 04/10/2015 - 1:40pm | Type: Blog

“Why are you here?” my counselor asked. “I want to be straight. Normal,” I answered. “I want to be here six months and then never talk about this again.” I was 19 at the time, and this counselor seemed like the answer to my eight years of praying ...

Obama Backs Efforts to End Ex-Gay Therapy for LGBT Teens
Originally Posted: 04/09/2015 - 3:48pm | Type: Blog

President Obama is lending support to efforts to end “conversion therapy” that seeks to change the sexual orientation of gay, lesbian, and transgender youth. President Obama is l ...

Our American Spring: Shining a Little Light on Discrimination
Originally Posted: 04/07/2015 - 11:46am | Type: Blog

People of goodwill aren’t sitting back and waiting in safe comfort for the bigots to run out of steam. Little by little, the direct sun of spring is vanquishing the snow of this l ...

Religious Freedom or Discrimination?
Originally Posted: 04/06/2015 - 10:45am | Type: Press

April 2, 2015 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Americans Split on Businesses Turning Away Gay Weddings
Originally Posted: 04/06/2015 - 10:42am | Type: Blog

Where is the American public on this debate? It depends on how the question is asked. A host of governors, CEOs, and church leaders call Indiana’s new religious freedom law a bac ...

Weekly Wrap 4.3.15: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 8:55pm | Type: Blog

1. At Least 10 Religious Groups Have Come Out Against Anti-LGBT 'Religious Liberty' Laws "While substantial attention has been paid to the lawmakers, athletes, businesses, and celebrities who ha ...

Black Lesbian Bishop Yvette Flunder Is ‘Using My Energy to Find Peace’
Originally Posted: 03/20/2015 - 3:33pm | Type: Blog

“I’m not using my energy for useless fights.” Bishop Yvette Flunder, pastor of City of Refuge United Church of Christ in Oakland, Calif., and leader of the Fellowship of Affirming ...

Predictions of Evangelical Concessions on LGBT Rights Are Premature
Originally Posted: 03/19/2015 - 2:32pm | Type: Blog

Some evangelicals have indeed shifted on LGBT issues, but it’s no avalanche — at least not yet. Pardon the yawn. The 1.8 million-member Presbyterian Church (USA) on March 17  ...

Presbyterian Church (USA) Approves Same-Sex Marriage Amendment
Originally Posted: 03/18/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Blog

The Presbyterian Church (USA) approved an amendment to include same-sex relationships in its constitutional definition of marriage on March 17. The Presbyterian Church (USA) appr ...

Utah Lawmakers Pass Anti-Discrimination Bill with LGBT, Mormon Support
Originally Posted: 03/12/2015 - 4:18pm | Type: Blog

The 65-10 vote was the last legislative hurdle for the bill, just one week after it debuted with the blessing of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the LGBT community. ...

Perceiving Reality Differently: #Dressgate and the Church
Originally Posted: 03/04/2015 - 10:28am | Type: Blog

If you thought I was going to be one of those bloggers who was above using the recent viral #dressgate as blog fodder, you would be wrong. In fact, as soon as the dress started trending, I knew I would be writing about it because it so perfectly encapsu ...

I’m Queer, and I’m (Still) an Evangelical
Originally Posted: 02/25/2015 - 11:38am | Type: Blog

On Feb. 21, Time.com broke the news that my evangelical publisher, Destiny Image, dropped a book contract it had made with me almost a year ago because its buyers refused to sell my book due to my pro-LGBTQ ac ...

Weekly Wrap 2.20.15: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 02/20/2015 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

1. Because Extreme Cold Always Brings Climate Deniers Out of the Woodwork … Bill Nye, yep, the Science Guy, offers the media this helpful prompting: “‘Let’s not confuse or interchange climate change with glob ...

Evangelicals pull support for Portland church over LGBT stance
Originally Posted: 02/18/2015 - 12:15pm | Type: Press

February 17, 2015 Sojo in the News Kevin Eckstrom ...

LGBT-Christians
Originally Posted: 02/18/2015 - 12:11pm | Type: Press

February 17, 2015 Sojo in the News Theresa Weiland ...

LGBT Groups Plan Pilgrimage to See Pope Francis — With Support from Their Bishops
Originally Posted: 02/17/2015 - 12:42pm | Type: Blog

Both New Ways and a similar Catholic LGBT organization in Britain are finding support from the Catholic hierarchy in their efforts to meet the pontiff when they both visit the Vatican on Ash Wednesday, the sta ...

TIMELINE: LGBT People and the Recent Church
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jenna Barnett A timeline on the church concerning the LGBT community.  The recent history of the church’s tre ...

Retreats Aim to Help LGBT Youth Recapture Some of Their Broken Spirituality
Originally Posted: 12/09/2014 - 10:36am | Type: Blog

“Most LGBT adults have left their childhood religion because of rejection they’ve experienced,” Ryan said. “So many have a lack of rootedness and connectedness. (Reciprocity’s) approach is helping to restore a ...

Sojo Stories: Matthew Vines on 'God and the Gay Christian'
Originally Posted: 12/02/2014 - 12:19pm | Type: Blog

Matthew Vines took a leave of absence from his Harvard studies to explore what the Bible says about homosexuality. As a conservative evangelical Christian with a high view of scripture, Vines struggled to reco ...

Southern Baptists, LGBT Activists Happily Coexist, but for How Long?
Originally Posted: 11/03/2014 - 10:47am | Type: Blog

When Southern Baptists convened a national conference in Nashville, Tenn., this week to discuss issues of human sexuality, bringing conservative evangelicals and LGBT Christian activists into the same ballroom ...

Southern Baptist Leaders Cut Ties with California LGBT-Affirming Church
Originally Posted: 09/25/2014 - 10:11am | Type: Blog

The Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee voted unanimously Sept. 23 to break ties with New Heart Community Church in La Mirada, Calif., after determining it was condoning “homosexual behavior.” ...

Mormons Embrace Social Media to Push Back Against Official Church Teachings
Originally Posted: 09/16/2014 - 2:16pm | Type: Blog

It was a gathering that would have been unthinkable just five years ago. It was a gathering that would have been unthinkable just five years ago. On a cool summer evening, in a ...

Gay, Christian, and … Celibate: The Changing Face of the Homosexuality Debate
Originally Posted: 08/05/2014 - 9:26am | Type: Blog

When Julie Rodgers came out as a lesbian at age 17, her mom responded by taking her to an ex-gay ministry in Dallas. When Julie Rodgers came out as a lesbian at age 17, her mom r ...

Three Reasons It Doesn’t Matter What We Think About Homosexuality
Originally Posted: 07/11/2014 - 1:01pm | Type: Blog

Though I do believe this dialogue is important, mainly because it will almost certainly lead to greater understanding and open-mindedness among the body of believers, I actually don’t think our opinion on the ...

Utah to Appeal Gay Marriage Case to Supreme Court
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 2:38pm | Type: Blog

The Utah attorney general announced Wednesday that he will go straight to the U.S. Supreme Court to challenge an appellate ruling that declared the state’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. ...

Chile OKs Some Abortions; LGBT Threats Are Global
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 12:54pm | Type: Press

June 20, 2014 Sojo in the News Womens eNews ...

LGBT Workers May Feel Impact of Hobby Lobby Ruling
Originally Posted: 07/02/2014 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

What’s the next religious liberties faceoff? Some suggest it could be between LGBT workers and religious owners of private businesses. What’s the next religious liberties faceoff? ...

Why I Am Still In Detroit
Originally Posted: 06/17/2014 - 10:59am | Type: Blog

Nine days after my Dad’s memorial service on June 7, I am still in Detroit. Nine days after my Dad’s memorial service on June 7, I am still in Detroit. I am still in Detroit to ...

Boy Scouts' Gay Leader Ban Preserves Worst Stereotypes, Holder Says
Originally Posted: 06/12/2014 - 3:47pm | Type: Blog

Taking aim at the Boy Scouts of America’s continuing ban on gay adult leaders, Attorney General Eric Holder said the prohibition perpetuates “the worst kind of stereotypes.” Takin ...

Conservative United Methodists Say Divide Over Sexuality Is 'Irreconcilable'
Originally Posted: 05/27/2014 - 11:33am | Type: Blog

Will the United Methodist Church soon have to drop the “United” part of its name? Will the United Methodist Church soon have to drop the “United” part of its name? A group of 8 ...

VIDEO: Matthew Vines on "God and the Gay Christian"
Originally Posted: 05/19/2014 - 3:50pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Matthew Vines sits down with Sojourners to discuss his first book, God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of ...

My Dad's Worst Day
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 3:09pm | Type: Magazine Article

Matthew Vines Excerpt from God and the Gay Christian by Matthew Vines, Convergent Books OURS IS A CHRISTIAN F ...

Listen to the Silence: Thoughts on World Vision and the Pitfalls of Modern Communcation
Originally Posted: 04/04/2014 - 10:25am | Type: Blog

When it comes to issues so central to the Christian life, faithfulness requires thoughtful dialogue, tenacious endurance, and meaningful change from the bottom up. These are impor ...

Getting Beyond Infighting to a Unified Church
Originally Posted: 04/04/2014 - 9:40am | Type: Blog

The mission of God is reconciliation and the vocation of God’s people, the church. When we spend more time attacking each other rather than attacking the areas of brokenness in our world, we become a reflectio ...

Why I Shared My Sexuality Story
Originally Posted: 04/01/2014 - 9:03am | Type: Blog

I shared my sexuality story chiefly because, as L’Engle says, vulnerability is one of the essential ingredients to being alive. And, I would add, to being human. “When we were ...

Over 200 African American Clergy, Evangelical Leaders and Christian Scholars Denounce SB 2681
Originally Posted: 03/13/2014 - 2:40pm | Type: Press

March 12, 2014 Sojo in the News ACLU of Mississippi ...

Survey: Americans Turn Sharply Favorable on Gay Issues
Originally Posted: 02/27/2014 - 12:43pm | Type: Blog

Americans’ attitudes toward the lives and choices of gays and lesbians have changed radically since Massachusetts first legalized same — sex marriage a decade ago. Americans’ atti ...

You Brought Me a Beer — and Took My Picture
Originally Posted: 02/25/2014 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

Is it any wonder why so many people throw up their hands and run away from what sometimes gets passed off as religion? Isn't it interesting that those who describe themselves as non-religious often grasp ...

Why There Needs to Be More than One Story
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

Given the degree of power stories hold to affect our society, it is incumbent upon us to do justice to all stories by cultivating a safe place where every voice is valued. We may ...

How to Be Perfect
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:02am | Type: Blog

“Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). Seriously, Jesus? Have you even met some of us? Have you seen the depths of our jealousies, the breadth of our greed? Have you notice ...

Five Things That Will Shock Our Grandkids About Us
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 10:57am | Type: Blog

In decades to come, we’ll look back at some norms of today and wonder how we tolerated them. I’m a big fan of the TV show Mad Men, which takes place in the midst of the Madis ...

Serving Two Masters: When Church and Justice Don't Agree
Originally Posted: 11/26/2013 - 11:05am | Type: Blog

Methodist minister Rev. Frank Schaefer (not to be confused with Frank Schaeffer) has come up against what some might call a conflict of interest in living out his call as a minister of the gospel. ...

American Jews Say Others Face More Discrimination
Originally Posted: 10/25/2013 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

y they face discrimination in the U.S., but they see Muslims, gays, and blacks facing far more. American Jews say they face discrimination in the U.S., but they see Muslims, gays, ...

Faith, Family, Latino, LGBT, All 'Before God'
Originally Posted: 10/17/2013 - 10:18am | Type: Blog

Before God: We are All Family is a new film focused on the experiences of Latina LGBT people. As a boy growing up, Joanna Maria Cifredo wasn’t like her brothers. “My brothers l ...

Pope Francis: A Selected Overview Of Recent Conversations
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 2:33pm | Type: Press

October 3, 2013 Sojo in the News Examiner.com ...