Easter 2016: A prayer for all LGBT prisoners

Colin Stewart writes: “Easter 2016 — a time when the Anglican Church of Nigeria refuses even to attend a meeting attended by a few representatives of the inclusive Episcopal Church for fears that, if they did, they would be in the midst of “a well-prepared camp of recruitment, blackmail, indoctrination and toxic relationship.” But they’re … More Easter 2016: A prayer for all LGBT prisoners

ACLU Statement on North Carolina: Governor’s Executive Order on LGBT Discrimination

RALEIGH — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) today issued an executive order that maintains House Bills 2’s provisions that force transgender people to use the wrong restroom while prohibiting workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity for state employees. The news follows the passage of House Bill 2, a measure that removes … More ACLU Statement on North Carolina: Governor’s Executive Order on LGBT Discrimination

Mass. bishops urge support for transgender nondiscrimination law

The bishops of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, the Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates and the Rt. Rev. Gayle E. Harris, on April 7 issued the following letter to the clergy of the diocese, urging support for statewide nondiscrimination protections for transgender people now pending in the state legislature.  The text of the letter follows. … More Mass. bishops urge support for transgender nondiscrimination law

Congregation Beit Simchat Torah: Coming Out and Coming Home

On Sun., Apr. 3, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST), Mew York City’s LGBTQS (the S is for “straight”!) synagogue and the world’s largest such body, marched at noon from its longtime space in Westbeth in Greenwich Village, to its rented Friday worship space at Holy Apostles Episcopal Church on Ninth Ave. in Chelsea, to the … More Congregation Beit Simchat Torah: Coming Out and Coming Home

Nearly 1,000 clergy and 2,500 people of faith respond to new state anti-LGBTQ legislation

Responding to the passage of the North Carolina and Mississippi laws and to anti-LGBTQ legislation being considered throughout the country, today a broad faith coalition released a statement urging public officials to “reject anti-LGBTQ and, specifically, anti-transgender legislation and to commit to creating loving, just communities that embody justice for people of all gender identities … More Nearly 1,000 clergy and 2,500 people of faith respond to new state anti-LGBTQ legislation

Can we get an Amen?

“I grew up a fundamentalist in North Carolina,” said Bishop John Shelby Spong in a recent phone interview from his home in Morris Township, New Jersey. “My alcoholic father died when I was 12 years old and fundamentalism gave me security. “That religion taught me that segregation was the will of God and quoted the bible … More Can we get an Amen?