Category:  Faith

Lutherans reinstate ATL’s Schmeling and partner

The congregation at St. John’s never stopped supporting their pastor when he was officially defrocked for being in a gay relationship. On, Tuesday, the Lutheran Church reversed the ruling.    READ MORE »

LGBT church plans fundraiser for victims in Haiti

As bodies and survivors are still being found in earthquake-torn Haiti, so many donation-worthy organizations are stepping up to help. Atlanta’s First MCC joins the effort with a Jan. 31 music event.    READ MORE »

In the spirit with Christmas worship services

It’s not all presents and parties. For some in LGBT Atlanta, there is a very specific “reason for the season,” and gay-inclusive congregations offer them Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services.    READ MORE »

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Sunday: 27 gay things to do today

If you’re reading this, you’re not in church—yet. Check out LGBT-affirming services, plus places to brunch, support gay runoff candidates, see a show, and nightlife to end your long weekend in style.    READ MORE »

Worship services added to Project Q Gay Agenda

The latest additions to our ever-expanding community calendar are 17 more gay-affirming religious congregations. Need a church, Shabbat or other religious service in metro Atlanta? Look no further.    READ MORE »

Atlanta activist tapped for White House panel

imageA part-time Atlanta resident and former licensed pastor of a United Methodist Church here was tapped by President Obama on Monday to serve on an advisory council to the White House Office of Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships.

Harry Knox was one of nine new members announced Monday, filling out the 25-person roster that also includes one other openly gay person, Fred Davie. He is the president of Public/Private Ventures, a group that helps low-income families.

More after the jump.    READ MORE »

Sharpton in ATL for gay-friendly church effort

imageRev. Al Sharpton is back in Atlanta today to help launch a new religious effort that wants to bring together gay-friendly churches.

Sharpton headlines the First Annual Human Rights Ecumenical Service at Tabernacle Baptist Church, the kick-off of the Alliance of Affirming Faith-Based Organizations. Sharpton, long a proponent of full marriage equality for gay men and lesbians, will be joined at the service by Rev. D.A. Meredith, the church's bisexual pastor and director of the alliance, and Shelia Merritt, president of the Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

The service begins at 5 p.m. at the church on Boulevard in the Old Fourth Ward.

There's more after the jump.    READ MORE »

Fourth dioceses breaks from Episcopalians

The theologically conservative Diocese of Fort Worth has voted to split from the liberal-leaning Episcopal Church, the fourth traditional diocese to do so in a long-running debate over the Bible, gay relationships and other issues.

About 80 percent of clergy and parishioners in the Texas diocese supported the break in a series of votes at a diocesan convention.

The Steering Committee North Texas Episcopalians, an umbrella group for those who want to stay with the denomination, plans to reorganize the diocese. They promised that “the Episcopal Church’s work of Christian ministry and evangelization will go forward” in the region.

A lengthy, expensive legal battle is expected over who owns Episcopal property and funds. The Fort Worth diocese oversees more than 50 parishes and missions serving about 19,000 people. The Steering Committee estimates that at least five parishes and hundreds of other churchgoers will remain with the New York-based national church.


Equality Riders arrested on Tenn. campus

Three members of the Soulforce Q Equality Ride team were arrested Monday during a peaceful demonstration on the campus of Union University.

The group was protesting university policy regarding homosexual, bisexual and transgender students.

Manuel Lampon of New York, NY; Zakariah Rittenhouse of Frankfort, Ohio and Jarrett Lucas of Minneapolis, Minn. were arrested by police.    READ MORE »

Arrests of Equality Riders continue to rise

Four more members of the nondenominational Soulforce Equality Ride have been arrested attempting to enter the grounds of a conservative Christian college.

The latest arrests came at Central Baptist College, in Conway, Ark.

Upon their arrival, Riders were met by President Terry Kimbrow, who informed Riders that they were not permitted onto campus and that they would be arrested for trespassing if they proceeded.    READ MORE »

Vatican says screen for gay priests

The Vatican on Thursday recommended that Catholic seminaries test certain applicants for psychological traits — including "deep-seated homosexual tendencies" — that could render them unsuitable for the priesthood.

The statement appears in a new document, "Guidelines for the Use of Psychology in the Admission and Formation of Candidates for the Priesthood," published by the Congregation for Catholic Education, which supervises Catholic seminaries around the world.    READ MORE »

Arrests mounting for Soulforce riders

Arrests are mounting up for members of the nondenominational Soulforce Equality Ride as they attempt to enter Christian colleges in the deep South to engage students in a discussion on gay inclusion.

Two Equality Riders were arrested for trespassing when they walked onto the Mississippi College campus to deliver a letter from an anonymous gay male student who is currently enrolled at the school in Clinton, Mississippi.

The riders were accompanied by two Mississippi College students. After a warning from MC security, the two students stepped back. The Equality Riders continued onto campus and were arrested.    READ MORE »

Equality Riders arrested at Fla. college

Six gay students' rights advocates were arrested Monday morning as they tried to attend a chapel service at the private Palm Beach Atlantic University.

The students, who are members of the group Soulforce, were charged with trespassing - a second-degree misdemeanor that carries a $250 fine - and loaded peacefully onto a waiting West Palm Beach police van.

It was a showdown, of sorts, that had been brewing for months after Soulforce in April asked to visit PBAU during a tour of Christian schools in the South.    READ MORE »

Equality Ride makes Atlanta stops

imageSoulforce's Equality Ride hits Atlanta later this week, bringing its youth-organized bus tour to Morehouse College on Thursday and Spellman College on Friday.

The ride to faith-based colleges opened Oct. 1 with a stop at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., before making its way to Columbia, S.C. and Columbia International University on Monday.

Presby minister cleared in gay wedding

A church court of Pittsburgh Presbytery ruled 9-0 that the Rev. Janet Edwards did not violate scripture or the constitution of the Presbyterian Church (USA) when she conducted what she has always said was the marriage of two women in 2005.

Since church and state define marriage as between a man and a woman, she cannot have done what she was accused of, the court ruled last week.

"It can't be an offense to the constitution to attempt to do the impossible," said the decision, read by the Rev. Stewart Pollock, chairman of the Permanent Judicial Commission of Pittsburgh Presbytery.    READ MORE »

Religious leaders push for Prop. 8 in Calif.

Hundreds of pastors have called on their congregations to fast and pray for passage of a ballot measure in November that would put an end to gay marriage in California.

The collective act of piety, starting Wednesday and culminating three days before the election in a revival for as many as 100,000 people at the San Diego Chargers' stadium, comes as church leaders across California put people, money and powerful words behind Proposition 8.

Some pastors around the state and nation are encouraging their flocks to forgo solid food for up to 40 days in the biblical tradition.    READ MORE »

Soulforce to ride into Atlanta

imageA week into its launch, the 2008 Soulforce Equality Ride will make its way to Atlanta and two historically black colleges.

The upcoming ride, a youth-organized bus tour to faith-based colleges, opens Oct. 1 with a stop at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., before making its way to Columbia, S.C. and then to Morehouse College on Oct. 9 and Spelman College a day later as part of a 15-stop schedule across 11 states in the south.    READ MORE »