While the pope is the authoritative leader of the Catholic Church, doctrinal statements most often are promulgated by groups of Catholic clergy, including the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. What we have to have is a civil union law; that way they are legally covered. However slightly that door appeared to be cracked open, it got slammed shut March 15 with a declaration from the Vatican that the church does not have the power to give blessing to unions of persons of the same sex. Proper Christian marriage, the document contends, may only be between one man and one woman.
Opposite ends of the pew: Pastors talk about gay marriage
The Vision Church of Atlanta
F rom the outside, EastLake Community Church looks like a lot of other evangelical megachurches. It boasts 13 weekly services at six locations in the greater Seattle area; the head pastor is a bearded hipster; and the main campus is a warehouse turned sanctuary where greeters serve coffee, a tattooed band rocks out beneath colored lights and attendance swells whenever the Seahawks are not playing. On a rainy Sunday in early January, William Paul Young, the author of the evangelical best seller The Shack, is piped in via a pretaped video to preach about trusting Jesus and a campus pastor prays to ask God to make their hearts open to change. It is almost enough to make you miss what is really going on at EastLake this winter: the congregation is quietly coming out as one of the first openly LGBT-affirming evangelical churches in the U. Change has come to EastLake only gradually. Pastor Ryan Meeks, 36, regularly preaches an unusual brand of evangelicalism that praises Jesus but steers clear of pro-America, pro-gun and anti-gay rhetoric.
List of Christian denominations affirming LGBT
Some Christian denominations do not consider homosexuality or transgender identity to be sins. These include entire religious denominations , as well as individual churches and congregations. Additionally, some denominations which are not LGBT-affirming have member-organized groups which are not officially sanctioned by the denomination. There are also ecumenical or para-church programmes that are explicitly outreaches to LGBT people, but do not identify with any particular faith tradition or denomination.
Sally Gary knew since her early adulthood that she was attracted to women. But as a devoted Christian, she felt there was no way to fully embrace this aspect of her identity while remaining faithful. In this deeply personal memoir, Sally traces the experiences, conversations, and scriptural reading that culminated in her seeing her sexuality as something that made sense within the context of her faith—not outside of it or in opposition to it. Why I Stay Resources. Remembering David Edwin Harrell Jr.